Richie C. Hunter Appointed Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations

The Rensselaer Community
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. President, Professor of Physics, Professor of Engineering Sciences

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Ms. Richie Hunter as Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Hunter will begin employment with the Institute on June 15, 2016.

The Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations is critical for the advancement of public understanding, advocacy, and the reputation of Rensselaer, its educational opportunities, research discoveries, and its growing position of importance in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.  

Ms. Richie C. Hunter was the Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Media Relations for the University of Houston, where she served as the chief brand, marketing, communications, and public information officer. She spearheaded the brand vision; integrated marketing strategy; executive and crisis communications; media relations; website development; and social media for the University of Houston. She strategically supported efforts to recruit the best students; motivate alumni, donors, and elected officials; and to attract world-class faculty and staff. Her work garnered numerous distinctions, including the American Marketing Association's 2015 Higher Education Marketer of the Year.

I am confident that Ms. Hunter brings the leadership, competency, professional experience, enthusiasm, focus, and drive to elevate the strategic communications and external relations portfolio at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a new level of national distinction in digital communication strategies.

Prior to joining the University of Houston, Ms. Hunter held several executive-level positions in the health-care industry. Ms. Hunter served as a Vice President of Government Programs for Coventry Health Care; as Chief Marketing Officer for Health Net; and as Staff Vice President, Marketing for WellPoint. She began her executive career at TIAA-CREF, where she was the Head of Marketing Strategy for TIAA-CREF Direct and Second Vice President, Shared Services.

Ms. Hunter has been an active member in her communities where she served on the Board of Trustees for the South Metro Chamber of Commerce; Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce; Mile High United Way; and SafeHouse Denver. She was a member of the 2015 Houston Mayor's Arts and Cultural Planning Committee and is a 2016 American Leadership Fellow.

Ms. Hunter is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Houston. Ms. Hunter earned a Master of Business Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.



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