Michael J. (Mike) Zucconi will assume the newly-named position of news bureau manager at Eastern Mennonite University on June 23, 2011.
Zucconi succeeds Jim Bishop, who served as public information officer at EMU since 1971 and is retiring June 30.
In this role, Zucconi joins the nine-member marketing and communications department. He will generate content to tell the EMU story through traditional and social media, cultivating relationships with public and church press contacts in the region and around the world.
“Mike’s passion for Mennonite higher education, understanding of EMU, writing and media relations experience as well as recent studies in mass communications make him a good fit for this new role,” said Andrea Schrock Wenger, director of marketing and communications. “We welcome him back to EMU.”
Zucconi graduated from EMU in 2005 with a BS degree in communications and history. He worked as sports information director at EMU from 2006 to 2009 and was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference “Sports Information Director of the Year” for 2007-08.
He completed an MEd degree in sports management at Wichita State University this spring and served as a graduate assistant in media relations for the WSU department of athletics.
Zucconi is married to Stephanie Roth, also a 2005 EMU graduate. She worked in the admissions office at Hesston College, a two-year Mennonite school in Hesston, Kan.