Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Martin A. Mbugua as Skidmore's new
vice president for communications and marketing, effective November 1, 2017, following
a national search to fill this important role. Martin is uniquely qualified to align
the direction of Skidmore's communications and marketing efforts with the College's
strategic goals and to effectively lead our dynamic team in the Office of Communications
Martin brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism and higher education
communications to Skidmore, most recently as assistant vice president for content
and communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where
he has led the university's online news content, media relations, social media, and
internal communications teams. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Martin was director
of media relations and university spokesperson at Princeton University in Princeton,
Martin's experience extends to prior work as a journalist, editor, and writer, including
as a reporter with the New York Daily News; U.S. correspondent for theDaily Nation and Standard newspapers
in Nairobi, Kenya; and assistant editor at the Queens Chronicle in New York City.
He also served as communications and marketing manager at the City University of New
York's Murphy Institute and senior news editor at the University of Delaware in Newark,
Martin holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware
and a master's degree in government, politics, and international relations from St.
John's University in New York City, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
In this newly established role at Skidmore, Martin will provide strategic leadership
and direction for all aspects of the college's communications and marketing efforts
and serve as a key member of Cabinet. He will lead a team of 20 in the Office of Communications
and Marketing to raise the awareness and reputation of Skidmore as a top undergraduate
liberal arts institution.
Martin is eager to join our community to "enhance the sterling reputation and visibility
of one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation."
Martin succeeds Debra K. Townsend, who served as interim vice president from June
2015 through July 1, 2017, and as a strategic communications consultant for the College
dating back to 2001. Debra managed the "Creative Thought Matters" branding initiative
and served three interim terms as head of communications at Skidmore. I thank Debra
for her work and leadership with the Office of Communications and Marketing and for
her tireless dedication and many years of communications consulting work with the
I would also like to commend the work of Andy Camp, Luke Meyers, and Diane O'Connor,
who have provided interim leadership since July 1, while maintaining their myriad
responsibilities as directors in the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Additionally, I'd like to acknowledge our national search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel
& Associates, for identifying and presenting numerous well-qualified candidates, and
I would like to express my gratitude to our dedicated search committee, which included
Mary Lou Bates, Ian Berry, August Bomer-Lawson '17, Lori Eastman, Wilson Espinal '17,
Linda Hall (resigned), Eliza Kent, Diane O'Connor, and Idalia Sepulveda.
Please join me in welcoming our new colleague Martin to the Skidmore community.