Skidmore College has named Martin A. Mbugua vice president for communications and marketing.
In this newly established role, Mbugua will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the college’s communications and marketing efforts.
Mbugua will be the college’s chief communications officer, serving as a strategic advisor to the president and senior staff in the development and execution of communications and marketing plans to promote the college and its mission.
He 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, where he led the university’s online news content, media relations, social media and internal communications teams. Previously, he was director of media relations and university spokesperson at Princeton University.
Mbugua was a reporter with the New York Daily News; U.S. correspondent for the Daily 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.
He 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.