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Clarkson University's Griffin Elected to PRSA Capital Region Board

Michael P. Griffin, director of news & digital content services at Clarkson University, has been elected to the board of directors of the Capital Region (NY) Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Michael Griffin"I look forward to playing an active role in the many professional development and networking opportunities provided by PRSA," said Griffin. "The presence of Clarkson's new Capital Region Campus in Schenectady gives me a great opportunity to more fully participate in regional PRSA activities."

A communication veteran of more than 30 years, Griffin provides vision, strategic direction and leadership for internal and external communications. He is responsible for national and local media relations, internal communication, crisis communication and serves as Clarkson's primary spokesperson to regional and national news media. He leads and supervises the news & digital content team, planning, creating and executing the University's messages in both traditional and digital media.

"Education, service and social responsibility amplify Clarkson's world reach and presence," said Clarkson Vice President for External Relations Kelly O. Chezum. "As part of expanding the footprint of our academic offerings, Clarkson faculty and staff are connecting our campuses in the North Country and Capital Region in many exciting ways. Michael's peers in the PRSA have acknowledged his experience and contributions to the profession, and his commitment to the organization is representative of the opportunities Clarkson employees are pursuing across all of its endeavors."

Griffin joined Clarkson University in 1986 and previously served as webmaster, director of news services, associate director of university communications and assistant director of news services.

He is the secretary of the Potsdam Holiday Fund board of directors and serves on the board of directors of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Potsdam and a past director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the St. Lawrence County Chapter of the American Heart Association.

A native of Scranton, Pa., Griffin received his master of science degree in management systems from Clarkson, his master of science in communication from Clarion University, and his bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Scranton.

He resides in Colton, N.Y., with his wife, Nancy.

PRSA Capital Region is an association of public relations and communications professionals throughout Tech Valley in Upstate New York. It embraces the mission of the national organization of 21,000 members by offering networking and professional development opportunities, while advocating standards of excellence and adherence to a code of ethics.

PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to "advance the profession and the professional," PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals.

Based in New York, N.Y., PRSA comprises 110 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America, which is active at more than 340 colleges and universities.

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Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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