Herkimer College appoints Procopio assistant director of public relations

Kari Procopio

Kari Procopio

Herkimer County Community College has appointed Kari Procopio, of New Hartford, to the position of assistant director of public relations.

Procopio will play a key role in planning, executing and assessing internal and external communication strategies that increase the visibility and reputation of the college with a variety of stakeholders and the general public.

Procopio brings more than 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations work to the position. She most recently held the position of deputy director of administration and community engagement for the Utica Zoo, overseeing administrative operations and directing community engagement.

Procopio has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in political science, from Utica College.


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