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Courtesy Photo:  Dotty Karkheck, left, receiving the award from Michele Kersten-Hart, NCMPR president.

Each day, Director of Marketing & Communications Dotty Karkheck guides the many methods that Jackson College communicates with its communities. For her commitment, Karkheck was recently recognized by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations as the 2018 Petrizzo Career Service Award Winner.

Karkheck began her career at Jackson College in 2002, bringing years of experience in marketing, publishing and graphic design. Karkheck has led the College through many strategic initiatives and explored new trends in marketing, keeping quality at the forefront of all efforts, print communications, website, digital and social media, to media relations.

Karkheck has been a member of NCMPR since 2003 and has been very active in helping coordinate district conferences and finding judges for the Medallion and Paragon Award programs. NCMPR colleague Lynn Whalen, executive director of public relations and marketing at Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois, said: “I have been continually impressed through the years with her abilities as a marketer and team leader, as well as her devotion to her community college and NCMPR.”

The College recognized her leadership skills in 2012 with the Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award.

Karkheck puts it this way: “I feel fortunate to be able to do what I love on a daily basis. To be able to work collaboratively with a team of talented employees who are all committed to student success is inspiring and rewarding.”

Named after a former NCMPR president who helped shape the organization in its early years, the D. Richard Petrizzo Award for Career Achievement honors an NCMPR professional for longtime accomplishments in college marketing and public relations. It is presented by the NCMPR board of directors at the national conference, which was recently held in Las Vegas.

Karkheck resides at Clark Lake with her husband, John.


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