Cercone, Pat Frantz


Cercone Pat Frantz
Ms. Pat Frantz Cercone
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Communications and Marketing
Contact Information:
pfc6@pitt.edu
814-362-7505
231 Hanley Library

Degrees and Credentials:
M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, West Virginia University
B.A. Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Short Bio:

Pat leads all of the university’s marketing and communications efforts, including overseeing all publications and advertising, championing the university's brand, publishing its award-winning alumni magazine, and protecting Pitt-Bradford's image. She also serves as the university’s spokeswoman and is a member of the President's Cabinet.

In a previous life, she was a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years and has taught journalism and communications at Pitt-Bradford.

In her spare time, she reads fiction, runs, cooks and writes her own food blog.  


Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Most recently, she received two awards in the 2014 CASE District II Accolades Program: a Gold Award in the Promotional Items: Calendar category for the university's 50th anniversary calendar; and a Bronze Award in the Creativity on a Shoestring category for using the annual LEAF Day event to help recruit prospective students. 

She also holds three Silver Awards from CASE and one Gold Award and three Silver Awards from the Collegiate Advertising Awards Program. In her previous life as a newspaper woman, Pat received four awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association for investigative reporting, news writing and feature writing. 

She also has been published. An abridged first chapter of her novel-in-progress, "Pulling the Loose Thread" will appear in the 2015 edition of Baily's Beads, Pitt-Bradford's literary magazine.

 
Pat's "This I Believe" essay was broadcast on NPR station WPSU in State College in October 2010.
  

In May 2006, her essay titled “The Card” was published in The New York Times bestselling book Wisdom of our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons by the late Tim Russert, who was NBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and moderator of “Meet the Press.”