Executive Director, U First: Recruitment & Retention
University of New Brunswick
Susan Mesheau joined the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in 2001 as its first director of student recruitment and integrated marketing.
Throughout her 35-year career in marketing, Mesheau has directed numerous marketing campaigns within the New Brunswick provincial government, which resulted in significant growth in provincial revenues. She brought her expertise to the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to raise awareness of and investment in the university through the integration and coordination of university marketing and student recruitment efforts. Her breadth of knowledge covers branding, strategic marketing program development, implementation and measurement, market research, marketing consultation, public-private sector partnerships, public relations and product development.
Under her leadership, undergraduate student enrollment at UNB increased by more than 12 percent in the first three years; a university branding initiative was developed, from which several bold, successful integrated marketing programs have been launched, positively affecting significant outcomes such as marketplace perceptions, increased research revenue, government funding increases, growth in first-time donors, active alumni and media attention.
Mesheau assumed the position of executive director of U First: Integrated Recruitment & Retention at UNB Fredericton, with responsibility for all levels of recruitment, recruitment marketing and retention. Bringing the integrated marketing way of strategic thinking into enrollment management and academic planning, her team spearheads the generation of more than one-third of the operating revenue of the institution through the development and implementation of targeted and integrated recruitment and retention strategies built upon solid market research and performance measurement to achieve specific enrollment objectives.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Saint Andrew's School
Carlos Barroso is the director of marketing and communications and serves on the leadership team at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Throughout his 11 years at Saint Andrew's, Barroso has been responsible for overseeing all marketing and communications efforts and activities for the school including public relations, website management, social media, multimedia, advertising, community and media relations, parent relations, communication standards and crisis communications. Furthermore, he has served as an Upper School student adviser and previously taught as an adjunct faculty member.
Over the course of his career in education, Barroso has presented as a faculty member at several Summer Institutes, workshops and conferences for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has received numerous Stellar Speaker awards for his efforts. Barroso is also proud to serve as a member of the National CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing.
Previous to Saint Andrew's School, he worked in international admissions and traveled to more than 45 countries for Sacred Heart University and Lynn University. He also worked for Siemens AG in marketing operations and was recognized as "Rookie of the Year" for Siemens ICN Division in 2000-2001.
Barroso graduated from SUNY Maritime College with a degree in marine transportation and as a Third Officer in the United States Merchant Marine. He received an international MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and earned a doctorate in education with a specialty in organizational leadership from the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. His doctoral dissertation covers the subject area of improving school funding via online philanthropy.
David J. Gibson
Executive Director of Communications, Stewarship and Events, MIT Resource Development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Gibson joined MIT in July 2011. He is a member of the vice president's senior team and campaign strategy group. He serves as a creative director with supervisory responsibility for events and stewardship. He and his staffs provide in-house counsel and produce collateral to engage, cultivate, solicit and steward institute constituents, including proposals, case materials, remarks, films, identity pieces, presidential acknowledgments, multimedia events and more. He joined MIT after nine years as communications director for development at Dartmouth College, where he led marketing efforts for a $1.3 billion campaign.
He was formerly managing editor of Yankee Magazine, on the editorial team that brought in the monthly's first nomination for a National Magazine Award (for reporting), alongside the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Newsweek. As editor and publisher of Cornell Magazine, where he directed a design overhaul and reorganized the business operations, he and his staff won two Sibley Magazine of the Year awards in three years and eliminated a longstanding budget deficit. As editor of Northeastern Magazine he financed improvements by creating a profitable commercial advertising department and voluntary subscription campaigns. He has been a health care reporter on Capitol Hill, a small-town weekly newspaper editor, and last summer served for a 17th year on the faculty of CASE's Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing.
Vice President of Advancement Resources
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Rae Goldsmith serves as the vice president for advancement resources at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She oversees the development and delivery of advancement content through the offices of communications (including media relations and online initiatives), books publishing, CURRENTS magazine, the CASE InfoCenter and research.
Goldsmith joined the CASE staff in 2005 after 22 years in educational communications and marketing, overseeing public and media relations, issues management, marketing, advertising, branding, development and health sciences communications, publications and online communications. She was the associate vice president for communications and marketing at the University of Louisville, where she led a nationally recognized integrated marketing program. She was also the associate vice president for public relations and marketing at Central Michigan University and the director of public information services at Ball State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in public relations.
An active CASE volunteer before joining the staff, Goldsmith chaired the Annual Assembly, now the Summit for Leaders in Advancement, and the conference for senior public relations professionals, served on the Commission on Communications and Marketing and the District III board, and was a CURRENTS author and frequent conference speaker. She has been recognized with the CASE Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching at CASE conferences.
Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications
Marts and Lundy, Inc.
Charlie Melichar is a senior consultant in strategic communications at Marts & Lundy. For the past 15 years, he has been immersed in the field of nonprofit communications, serving as an adviser and thought leader for colleges and universities and the professional organizations that support them.
Most recently, Melichar served as associate vice chancellor of development and alumni relations communications at Vanderbilt University. His has served on the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing, CASE District III Board of Directors and co-chaired the Task Force on Social Media. He is a past chair and current member of the Executive Committee for the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors to Higher Education section, which is focused on senior leaders in higher education public relations.
At Vanderbilt, Melichar took the lead in enhancing the university's communications in support of the completion of its successful $1.94 billion fundraising campaign. He merged the university and medical center development and alumni communications teams and redesigned project management processes to achieve a more strategic, data-oriented approach. He partnered with the public affairs office to develop a university-wide strategic communication planning process and design an integrated approach to communications across Vanderbilt's graduate and professional schools.
Prior to his work at Vanderbilt, he was vice president for public relations and communications at Colgate University from 2005 to 2010. During that time he led the communications efforts for a $400 million fundraising campaign. He came to Colgate in 2003 as director of media relations. He previously worked in a similar position at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before being named director of news and information.
In his early career, Melichar worked for PR Newswire, a news service distribution company, and ProfNet, a subsidiary service that links academic experts to journalists.
Director of Marketing, Communications and Web Services
Casey Paquet is the director of marketing, communications and web services at Eckerd College. He has a varied background, having started his career as a web developer in the late 90's, moving to new media at a Los Angeles-based PR firm for clients including Coors, Pioneer and Toyota, and finally breaking ground on digital distribution in the video game industry before landing in higher ed.
Paquet has spoken at a number of conferences both in the United States and abroad, and has been quoted in the media as an expert on topics ranging from emergency communications to social networking. His numerous awards include a CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Award for triton.CONNECT, the first higher ed social network, built in 2004.
Director of Publications, and Editor of the Carleton College Voice
Teresa Scalzo has been a magazine editor for more than 23 years, including serving nine years as editor of Minnesota, the bimonthly magazine for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and 14 years as editor of the Carleton College Voice, the quarterly alumni magazine for Carleton College.
Named the Robert J. Sibley Magazine of the Year in 2001 by the editors of Newsweek, the Carleton College Voice has received numerous awards for its editorial content and design from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), University and College Designers Association, Folio and the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association.
In addition, since 2001 Scalzo has served as Carleton's director of publications, supervising a staff of two designers, three writers and one production assistant. The publications staff produces approximately 400 publications each year for clients that include admissions, development, alumni affairs, Carleton's Art Gallery, athletics and others.
Scalzo has received CASE Circle of Excellence Grand Gold medals for her development of the admissions package and capital campaign case statement at Carleton College, and for her development and oversight of the Memorial Stadium Brick Project at the University of Minnesota.
Senior Communications Strategist
Zehno Cross Media Communications
Shane Shanks is the senior communications strategist for Zehno Cross Media Communications. He previously served as the editorial director/associate director of university publications at Kansas State University. His work has won more than 100 national and regional awards from CASE, UCDA and other professional organizations.
In 2005 and 2008 K-State's recruitment website helped the university win the CASE District VI sweepstakes award for large institutions. His strategic tips have been featured in the Higher Ed Marketing Report, Designer magazine and CURRENTS. He has presented at numerous CASE and UCDA conferences and he won the CASE Crystal Apple for teaching excellence in 2005. As a faculty member at CASE Summer Institutes, he's coached hundreds of institutions on how to improve their publications, websites and marketing strategies.
Shanks is a graduate of Baker University and the University of Wales, where he studied on a Rotary Foundation scholarship. His freelance work includes covering Sarah Palin's hometown for the Times of London, writing celebrity gossip for Britain's #1 teen magazine and editing a state bar association magazine.
CASE Crystal Apple award winner for excellence in teaching.