BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 2, 2011 – Michael Sutphin of Blacksburg, Va., has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as its new public relations coordinator.
Sutphin comes to the college from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he worked as a writer in the Office of Communications and Marketing for five years. While there, he wrote news releases, media advisories, magazine and newsletter articles, website copy, and other materials and pitched stories to local, regional, and national press. He began his new position on Aug. 15.
“Michael’s rich agricultural and science communications backgrounds are a significant asset to the college as we continue to promote our world-class instructional and research programs,” said Eric McKeeby, director of public relations and communications for the veterinary college.
In his new role, Sutphin will assist with the public relations and communications efforts of the veterinary college by advancing written and online communications to the general public and key stakeholder groups, developing multimedia materials incorporating college messaging and goals, helping with institutional strategic communications, and building positive relationships with a broad range of constituency groups.
Sutphin earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech.