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Michael D. Kiser of Blacksburg, Va., will become Colby’s first vice president for communications, President William D. Adams announced Sept.1. Kiser will come to Colby from Virginia Tech, where he is director of development communications and an adjunct faculty member teaching advanced media writing. He was selected following a national search.
Kiser worked in higher education communications at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and at Patrick Henry College prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2005. He also freelances as a writer, editor and marketing and branding consultant. Kiser has won numerous honors—for speaking, for crisis communications, and for excellence in the development and management of an institutional relations program —from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
“Michael joins the College at an important time,” said Adams. “The communications landscape continues to change—and rapidly—and Michael’s mastery of traditional communications, his understanding of new media, and his ability to think strategically about the future will serve us well. We are delighted to welcome him and his family to Colby and to the Waterville community.”
At Colby Kiser will lead the Office of Communications, which is responsible for the College’s major print and virtual publications and for media relations, social media, and public relations. He will be the College’s chief spokesperson and will serve as a member of the senior administrative staff and as secretary to the Communications Committee of the Board of Trustees.
“Both my experience and my intuition tell me that the Colby community is marked by grace, warmth, and integrity,” said Kiser. “It’s a privilege to be asked to join this community and an honor to be able to help tell its story.”
Kiser is a graduate of Wabash College and earned his M.A. in English at Purdue University. He will be joined in Waterville by his wife, Helene, also an accomplished writer and editor. He has a daughter who dances with the Bossov Ballet in Pittsfield, Maine, and a son who studies drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He begins his duties at Colby in mid-October.