Suzanne S. Richey has been named the new Director of College Communications for Tusculum College, College officials announced today.
Richey joins the Institutional Advancement staff and began her duties this week, said Susan Vance, Interim Vice President for Intuitional Advancement.
“We are extremely pleased to have Suzanne as part of our staff and part of the Tusculum family,” Vance said. “With Suzanne, we were able to find the qualities we needed to lead the Communications Team combined with the advantages of her having been a recognizable leader in the regional community.”
Richey brings 16 years of diversified experience in the field of communications to Tusculum College, including previous positions with The Greeneville Sun, the Greene County Partnership and Ferguson Development Network.
During her career, she has demonstrated accomplishments in all aspects of communication, including writing, editing, organizing and disseminating information and has extensive experience in implementing and managing not-for-profit programs.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lend my skills to the Tusculum College team,” Richey said. “It isn’t often that a job matches so well with the life and job experience I have had for the past 16 years. Tusculum College is a well-respected institution with a long history of serving the public good, and I am honored to be part of this team.
“Having the opportunity to work the great staff already assembled, and once again work with Susan Vance, has made this transition smooth and exciting. I am enjoying every minute as I hit the ground running,” Richey said.
According to Vance, Richey will be working diligently to enhance a communications strategy for Tusculum College, and will interact closely with college leadership, as well as envision and implement an integrated marketing and communications program for the College, targeting both internal and external constituencies for the main campus, as well as the three off-site locations.
Richey will work to establish a public presence for the College through campus-wide communication, marketing and branding efforts, managing media relations, assisting with the College’s web presence and exploring, developing and implementing innovative communication approaches. She will also serve as a liaison for campus public affairs and media relations.
Richey is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a major in Journalism and a minor in English.
She and her family live in Greeneville. She is married to Steve Richey and they have two daughters: Lane, a freshman at Greeneville High School; and Emily, a sixth grader at Greeneville Middle School. Her parents are Tusculum College alumni, Howard and Mary Jo Slagle ( ’61 ’60) who reside in Greeneville.