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Communications and Marketing


The Communications and Marketing Office provides leadership, direction, and support for developing and sharing Hamilton’s core messages. We work collaboratively to foster relationships and shape favorable impressions of the College in print, digital, and interactive media.

The following principles guide our work as we advance the interests of the College and help our colleagues achieve communications objectives:

  • We believe in the value and efficacy of Hamilton’s liberal arts mission
  • We develop overarching, cohesive messages for the College
  • We create communications that are authentic, well written, and skillfully designed
  • We focus on projects that reflect institutional themes and priorities
  • We tell compelling stories about the people and programs that make Hamilton special
  • We stay current with emerging trends in communications
  • We monitor perceptions of Hamilton in the world
  • We track external issues affecting higher education and anticipate their impact on Hamilton

How We Can Help

  • Working with the media
  • Consulting on new initiatives  
  • Promoting an event
  • Publicizing research and achievements
  • Creating a webpage
  • Crafting email communications
  • Using social media
  • Producing a publication
  • Scheduling photography
  • Using the campus print shop

How You Can Help

  • Share a story idea or a photo
  • Use #getscrolled on social media

Staff

Melissa Richards

Melissa Richards

Vice President for Communications and Marketing
mfrichar@hamilton.edu 315-859-4019

Melissa joined in 2019 as the College’s first vice president for communications and marketing, reporting to President David Wippman. She oversees the College’s brand and communications strategy and leads the Communications team, which is responsible for publications, periodicals, media relations, social media, digital communications, visual communications, crisis communications, and community relations.

Mike Debraggio

Mike Debraggio

Associate Vice President for Communications
mdebragg@hamilton.edu 315-859-4654

Mike came to Hamilton in 1992. In addition to serving as the College’s primary spokesperson, he manages special projects and provides editorial support for new initiatives. Contact Mike with questions about College policy or general communications issues.

Eileen Foote

Eileen Foote

Communications Assistant
efoote@hamilton.edu 315-859-4680

Eileen provides office support, particularly for media relations projects, which includes creating and maintaining databases, disseminating media releases, writing and adding stories to the news website, tracking College news coverage, and researching media for targeted pitches.

Editorial

The Editorial team provide concept development, creative direction, writing and editing for a variety of media platforms — from the website to print publications. The teams work with campus colleagues to accommodate each department’s goals. 

Vige Barrie

Vige Barrie

SENIOR DIRECTOR, MEDIA RELATIONS
vbarrie@hamilton.edu 315-859-4623

Vige oversees the media relations operations and focuses on identifying, developing, and placing stories about the College in the national and local media.

Holly Foster

Holly Foster

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Content
hfoster@hamilton.edu 315-859-4068

Holly generates content for the College’s various communications channels, focusing primarily on the Hamilton news site. She also oversees the work of student writers.

Stacey Himmelberger

Stacey Himmelberger

Senior Director, Content Strategy
shimmelb@hamilton.edu 315-859-4416

In addition to serving as editor of Hamilton magazine and the Hamilton Headlines enewsletter, Stacey writes and edits key College publications, websites, and news stories. She collaborates with campus colleagues on content and marketing plans, projects, and campaigns.

Maureen Nolan

Maureen Nolan

Senior Writer/Editor
manolan@hamilton.edu 315-859-4226

Maureen serves as lead copywriter and copy editor for much of the College’s website. She also contributes regularly to the Hamilton magazine and other print and electronic communications.

Marketing and Analytics

Tim O’Keeffe

Tim O’Keeffe

Senior Director, Marketing and Analytics
tokeeffe@hamilton.edu 315-859-4850

Tim is responsible for leading the development of the College’s social media strategy and devising systems to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the College’s website and digital communications.

Visual Communications

The Visual Communications Team oversees the visual presentation of Hamilton’s messages by designing compelling electronic and print communications intended to educate and inspire readers and viewers about the College. The team also oversees the College’s photo library and consistent application of the visual identity. 

Mark Mullin

Mark Mullin

Senior Director, Visual Communications
mmullin@hamilton.edu 315-859-4276

Mark oversees and guides the visual communications of the College. He designs and art directs digital and print communications, consults on other visual identity projects such as signage and photography, and manages the College visual and identity assets, including an extensive photo library.

Vanessa Colangelo

Vanessa Colangelo

Assistant Director, Visual Communications/Graphic Designer
vbuono@hamilton.edu 315-859-4259

Vanessa designs digital and print communications. She also provides design support for signage and responds to requests for visual and identity assets for use across campus.

Mona Dunn

Mona Dunn

Production Manager
mdunn2@hamilton.edu 315-859-4621

Mona oversees the production and implementation details for College communications projects, ranging from publications to signage to graphic and photo requests. She has many years and a wide range of print and digital expertise.

David Herringshaw

David Herringshaw

Web Communications Manager
dherring@hamilton.edu 315-859-4642

Dave manages the presentation of content and graphics on the College website and in email communications.

Esena Jackson

Esena Jackson

Director, Web and Digital Communications
ejackson@hamilton.edu 315-859-4681

Esena manages the presentation of content and graphics on the College website and in email communications. She contributes technical and design expertise for new initiatives and upgrades to existing sites and navigation.

Phyllis Jackson

Phyllis Jackson

Visual Communications Associate
pjackson@hamilton.edu 315-859-4620

Phyllis’ primary focus is typesetting College publications and preparing projects for print. She has worked on the Class Notes and Necrology sections of the Hamilton magazine for more than 30 years. She also assists in the maintenance of the photo library.

Contact Information


Communications Marketing

Rudd Center
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323 Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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