Terry named NCMPR District II Communicator of the Year
October 28, 2011
Sherry Terry, Director of Bevill State Public Relations, receives NCMPR District II Communicator of the Year award from award presenter Chris Franklin of ATN at the NCMPR district conference.
Sherry Terry, Director of External and Public Relations at Bevill State Community College, has been named the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District II Communicator of the Year. She was recently recognized at the NCMPR regional conference held in Atlanta, GA.
The Communicator of the Year Award honors a two-year college marketing professional who has demonstrated special leadership or ability in college communications. It is awarded annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts. District recipients automatically become a nominee for the national award, which is presented at the national conference.
“I am honored to have received this award and to represent District II in the national competition,” said Terry. “I am fortunate to be in a career that I truly enjoy because I believe in the mission of community colleges. As a community college graduate, and the only college graduate in my family, I understand how our schools truly make a difference in people’s lives.”
Terry began working at Bevill State Community College in 1994. As a new employee in an educational institution, she advanced her own education by earning an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Bevill State and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Stillman College. In 2007, she completed a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. and was selected to present “Artistic Quality Beyond Broadway, the Boston Symphony and the National Gallery: Rural Community College Cultural Arts Programs as Community Outreach and Development” at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. The presentation was later cited in the fifth edition of Cohen and Brawer’s, “The American Community College.”
Over the past 17 years, Terry has been responsible for coordinating media relations, overseeing college publications and promotional pieces, organizing marketing and advertising strategies, managing the college’s website and social media sites and serving as a liaison to the BSCC Foundation. In addition, the Bevill State Public Relations department has been the recipient of numerous design, electronic media and writing awards including several bronze medallion awards at the 2011 NCMPR regional conference and annual awards from the Alabama Community College System Public Relations (ACCSPRA) Pyramid Awards competition. In 2011, Terry received ACCSPRA’s highest honor when she was named its Communicator of the Year.
“It is such an honor to have the Communicator of the Year employed at our College,” said Dr. Anne McNutt, Bevill State President. “During my tenure at Bevill State, Sherry has truly demonstrated a special level of leadership, ability, and innovation. We are very proud of Sherry’s accomplishments.”