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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN

Tom Urbanski Named Communicator of the Year, National Finalist

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Director of Public Information Tom Urbanski was recognized this past week as one of seven national finalists for the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Communicator of the Year during the professional organization’s annual conference held March 18-18, 2021. Urbanski had earlier been named 2020 NCMPR District 5 Communicator of the Year in the multi-state region across the Upper Midwest.

“This award is one of the most prestigious awards presented to an NCMPR colleague who has demonstrated leadership and ability in the area of college communications,” said Jeff Ebbing, NCMPR District 5 Director.

“In his 25-year career at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Tom Urbanski has had an immeasurable impact on the college,” said Ebbing when presenting the award. “Tom is a one-person department, responsible for all college marketing and public relations tasks: collateral, publications, advertising, media relations, social media and website. He also oversees the new student recruitment process and supervises admissions office staff. So, it’s safe to say that Tom is pretty busy. I have absolutely no idea how Tom has been able to do all of this and be so successful at it.”

The district recognizes outstanding achievement in marketing communication at community and technical colleges in NCMPR District 5, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.

Urbanski was nominated for the award by Kenn Dols, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges across the United States and Canada.

NCMPR has more than 1,700 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. The counsel provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence.

Visit www.ncmpr.org/ for more information.