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Communicator of the Year
One of the most prestigious awards presented to an NCMPR member, the Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a two-year college marketing, public relations or communications professional who has demonstrated leadership in the area of college communications and marketing. Emphasis is placed on accomplishments within the past year.
The Communicator Award is presented annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts, and district winners are then considered for the national award.
2016 District 7
Communicator of the Year
Director of Communications and Marketing
North Idaho College
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Stacy Hudson has been North Idaho College's communication and marketing director since 2012, but her passion for the NIC Cardinals began much earlier. Hudson started at NIC as a student in 1998 where she was part of the award-winning student newspaper staff while earning an associate’s degree. She refocused her journalism degree to emphasize public relations at Eastern Washington University and returned to NIC in 2002 as an intern in the Communications and Marketing office while completing her bachelor’s degree. Over the course of 10 years, Hudson worked her way up to her current position as department director. In that role, she leads an energetic team that has the privilege of telling life-changing stories about NIC’s impact on the region.
As described by her former supervisor, Hudson is the consummate professional with a laugh and a tenacious nature that motivates those around her. Her ability to rally others to rise to the challenge, to compete and excel, has served her well as the leader of North Idaho College’s marketing and communication team. Her commitment was recently noted during declining student enrollment at NIC. Hudson boldly redirected marketing efforts to amplify impact, reach and effectiveness of various campaigns, with the mindset of reaching students and community. She navigated an environment that demanded program prioritization combined with budget reductions, all while requiring more of her team and herself. Hudson serves on numerous campus committees, including the 2016 search committee to hire the next NIC President. As a result of her dedication and abilities, Hudson is seen as a dynamic leader on campus, and the institution has a healthy enrollment future ahead.
Hudson is dedicated to the Cardinal brand and is committed to lifelong learning. She completed her master’s degree through the University of Idaho in 2014 while raising her own future Cardinals, Korrin, Shawn and Sammy with her husband Chris. Stacy plans to become an adjunct instructor in the NIC Communication department in the coming year.
Congratulations to Stacy Hudson on being selected as the 2016 NCMPR District 7 Communicator of the Year!
District 7 Director
Central Oregon Community College, OR