OCC Professional Named President of National Council

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Michele Kersten-Hart, manager of multimedia and web services at Oakland Community College, is the new president of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Board of Directors.

She was installed at the council's national conference in Charleston, S.C., succeeding Jennifer Boehmer, associate director for strategic communications at Portland Community College in Oregon.

A resident of White Lake, Mich., Kersten-Hart has over 27 years of experience in marketing and 17 years in higher education. In addition to leading the College's web presence, brand standards and project design team, she has also has taught marketing and advertising classes as an adjunct instructor at OCC.

Before becoming NCMPR president, Kersten-Hart served on the council's board as vice president/president-elect, secretary and District 3 director. Prior to joining OCC in 2000, Kersten-Hart held a sales and relationship management position with Addis Marketing and Incentives, Corp., where she worked with numerous industry clients, including advertising firms and radio media outlets.

Kersten-Hart graduated magna cum laude from Cleary University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing. She later earned a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a master's of business administration in strategic management from Davenport University. Kersten-Hart received post-master certificates in interactive marketing and leadership from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

NCMPR supports the professional development of community college communicators, representing more than 550 colleges across the United States and Canada and 1,700 members. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges and one of the largest affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges.

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. A fully accredited college, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965.

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Media Contact: Bridget M. Kavanaugh | Marketing & Community Relations | (248) 341-2020 | bmkavana@oaklandcc.edu