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In the news: Jacqueline Conrad

In the news: Jacqueline Conrad
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Skidmore College has announced that Jacqueline Conrad will become Skidmore’s new vice president for communications and marketing.

Conrad will join Skidmore on July 5, continuing her 30-year career in the private and nonprofit sectors, including 18 years leading her own communications firm and the last nine years at Cambridge College, where she is currently vice president of communications and public relations.

Conrad’s appointment follows a national search that attracted an array of exceptional candidates from across the country.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jacqui Conrad to Skidmore and into this critical leadership role,” President Marc Conner said. “From her leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at Cambridge College and elsewhere to her impactful work in every realm of higher education outreach and communications, Jacqui is precisely the strategist and entrepreneurial thinker Skidmore needs to lead our talented Communications and Marketing team.”

Conrad’s work across her career has earned her a strong reputation for entrepreneurial leadership, savvy marketing, social impact, and engagement with and support for diverse communities. At Cambridge College, her many notable contributions have included leading a college reconception and rebranding and serving as a key member of President Deborah Jackson’s transformative leadership team, including co-founding (with Jackson) Cambridge College’s Racial, Equity, and Social Justice Initiative to develop an intentional and strategic response to systemic racism and inequities.

“Jacqui Conrad brings insightful views on DEI work and an exceptional level of integrity and trustworthiness to this role, characteristics highly valued at Skidmore,” said Timothy Harper, associate professor of business and management, who served on the search committee. “We are fortunate to have her joining our community.”

Before joining Cambridge College, Conrad led her own communications firm, delaCruz Communications in Boston, from 1996 to 2014, working on strategic communications, branding, and marketing with a host of nonprofit, educational, social justice, and corporate clients. Conrad holds a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and earned a M.S. in communications management from Simmons College.