Todd joins MSU-Meridian in public affairs role

MSU PHOTO ID: Marianne Todd (Photo by Grace Cockrell)Contact: Allison Matthews

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Marianne Todd is Mississippi State University-Meridian’s new marketing and communications coordinator.

Todd, part of the university’s Office of Public Affairs, promotes MSU-Meridian through news and media relations, brand storytelling through feature stories and other marketing and communications work to advance the university’s mission and goals. She shares information about MSU-Meridian achievements and activities with local, state and national audiences and is working to enhance campus social media.

“We are excited to welcome a professional of Marianne Todd’s caliber to MSU-Meridian. As we grow our university’s enrollment, programs and impact in this region, her work in strategically communicating messages serves a vital role both internally to our students, faculty and staff and externally to our community and various partners and stakeholders,” said Terry Dale Cruse, associate vice president of MSU-Meridian and head of campus.

Todd’s experience includes working for state and national publications and agencies, including Getty Images, The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal, where she was nominated for Photographer of the Year International.

She most recently worked in northern New Mexico for the state’s newspaper of record, The Santa Fe New Mexican and was honored by the New Mexico Press Association for her human-interest stories.

Todd additionally worked for eight years on the communications team for former Gov. Haley Barbour and on the corporate communications team for Mississippi Power. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was inducted into the Mass Communications Hall of Fame in 2007.

Todd is enjoying her return to her hometown, which has allowed her to spend more time with family, including her four grandchildren.

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