New Communications Director Named at Gateway
A new communications director has been named at Gateway Community & Technical College.
Michelle Sjogren was announced today as the replacement for Margaret Thompson who recently retired. Sjogren has worked in communications and higher education for more than two decades, serving in both public and private sectors.
“I am thrilled to join Gateway Community and Technical College,” Sjogren said in a news release. “I began my career in a community college, and my heart has always remained here. I look forward to working with our team to serve students, faculty and staff, implement strategic communication and engage the community in the great work done here.”
Prior to coming to Gateway, Sjogren was the executive director of the Reading Camp network, a nonprofit that serves struggling 3rd-5th graders across the United States. She trained directors of 25 camps, increased funding by 27 percent, recreated the website and fund development marketing, and served over 550 children in 2014.
In Florida, she was director of communications for the St. Lucie County School District (over 32,000 students and 34 schools), overseeing all internal and external communication. She was also chief communications officer for TSC Supply Company in Florida and Kentucky.
“We are very pleased to have someone with the experience in strategic communications in business and education that Michelle brings to Gateway. We are the best value in higher education in the region, and we change students' lives. Michelle will lead the team to make sure those stories are told," Gateway President G. Edward Hughes stated.
Sjogren will lead Gateway’s communications team managing the college’s website, media relations, social media, publications, marketing, special events, graphic design and internal communications.
Photo: Michelle Sjogren (provided)