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D. Richard Petrizzo Career Service Award

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.

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2017 Petrizzo Award Winner

Judith A. Sciple, Ed.D.
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Development
Delaware Technical Community College
Dover, Delaware


Back in 1991, when Dr. Judith Sciple began her career at Delaware Technical Community College, she may not have imagined that her knack for writing and interest in college relations would lead to such a rewarding career. But the fact is, that for more than 20 years, Dr. Sciple has championed public relations and marketing at Delaware Tech and on behalf of the community college mission.

During her tenure at Delaware Tech – which included several positions along the college relations career ladder before ultimately being named vice president for institutional effectiveness and development – Dr. Sciple has been involved in every aspect of public relations and marketing. From strategic planning to brand management to public relations, she’s done it all.

Passionate about the mission of community colleges, Dr. Sciple has been at the helm of numerous events and key initiatives – proving, time and again, that she’s a masterful and strategic communicator with all types of constituents. She has led numerous projects with local, state and national impact. Among some of her accomplishments:

  • In 2016, Dr. Sciple chaired a 50th-Anniversary Task Force to plan and execute this milestone event. The year-long celebration included a commemorative video; 50 alumni stories; 50 community service projects; the inauguration of the college’s fifth president; 10 anniversary-themed fundraising initiatives that raised over $100,000 to benefit students; and a comprehensive communication plan, which received a Gold Medallion Award from NCMPR District 1.
  • Under Dr. Sciple’s direction, a comprehensive crisis communication plan was instituted for all four campuses of Delaware Tech. It included the formation of a collegewide communication team, protocols and guidelines, and a “Go-Kit” that includes sample messages and worksheets to guide communication decisions for various scenarios.
  • Since 2010, Dr. Sciple has led the college’s annual Board of Trustees retreat and collaborated with board members to develop and deliver content that guides strategic institutional initiatives such as planning, accreditation, presidential transition and board effectiveness.
  • Last year, Dr. Sciple led the submission of a $3.5 million America’s Promise Grant application that resulted in Delaware Tech receiving one of 23 national grants awarded under this program. The grant will provide free tuition for 600 students enrolled in information technology and advanced manufacturing certificate programs over the next four years.
  • As chair of the college’s web redesign committee, Dr. Sciple led the development of a new student-centered website, which included organizing three campus websites into one collegewide navigational structure and implementing the institution’s first content management system.
  • In 2015, Dr. Sciple led the promotion of the 10th anniversary of the college’s SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree) scholarship program, which provides free tuition for high school graduates. The initiative included a roundtable discussion among representatives of the American Association of Community Colleges, Delaware’s elected officials and SEED scholarship alumni. The event garnered media coverage in national and local outlets.
  • Dr. Sciple is among NCMPR’s “sages.” An active member of NCMPR since 1996, she served on NCMPR’s national board of directors from 2004-2012 in leadership roles that included District 1 director, executive council and national president. Dr. Sciple earned her doctorate from the University of Delaware in 2010 and is a graduate of Delaware Tech’s Leadership Development Program.

With proven leadership skills and a reputation for “getting things done,” Dr. Sciple’s efforts have resulted in the success of numerous college programs, projects and events. Given her strong work ethic and passion for promoting the community college agenda, she will undoubtedly be credited with several more successful endeavors in the future.

Past Petrizzo Award Winners