Robyn Blackmon Joins College Communications Team
Apr 30, 2015
A wide range of skills will enhance college’s communications endeavors.
A communicator with a 25-year track record of higher education and private sector experience joined the College of Geosciences March 1 as communications coordinator. Robyn Blackmon brings extensive experience in all aspects of communications, with specific skills in development and alumni relations, event management, web development, graphic design, magazine and newsletter management, and videography.
Blackmon was most recently director of communications at Rice University. She also held the same title at the Texas A&M Association of Former Students (AFS), where she served as managing editor of the Association’s electronic and paper publications, including Texas Aggie magazine, True Maroon quarterly, and AggiENews, an electronic monthly newsletter.
At Rice, Blackmon led an initiative to strategically enhance the university’s relationship with its alumni constituency, including serving in leadership roles for the centennial celebration, homecoming and class reunions, regional fundraising and other outreach programs and special events.
During her career at Texas A&M, Blackmon has been a writer and editor in the Office of Public Information (now Marketing and Communications) and Texas A&M Dining Services. She was also a development associate for the College of Architecture.
In the private sector, she has been executive director for a regional healthcare foundation, vice president and COO for an information technology transfer company, and director of management programs and consumer affairs for the Public Utility Commission in Austin.
Blackmon has received awards from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) for the AFS 125th anniversary campaign, the International Association of Business Communicators for video production, and the advertising club of Waco for communications campaigns and logo designs.
Her professional affiliations include the Association of Private College and University Alumni Directors, CASE, and the American Marketing Association. She is also a member of several community and service boards and organizations.
“Robyn’s experience in strategic planning and integrated marketing as well as alumni relations and development rounds out the communication and development teams,” said Kate Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences. “She will lead the communications effort for the 50th anniversary, working closely with Cara Milligan, [senior director of development] and other faculty and staff in the college to properly acknowledge the college’s scientific achievements over the past 50 years and their relevance for the future.”
Blackmon attended Baylor University, majoring in journalism, advertising and marketing. She grew up in Saudi Arabia in an oil services community and attended boarding schools in Europe and the United States. More recently, she has continued to travel internationally for work and personal business as well as to remote fly- fishing destinations.
By Karen Riedel