Communications Staff


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Mailing Address:
Centre College
Communications Office
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
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Office Location:
Combs Center (Warehouse)
853 West Walnut Street
Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, excluding College holidays

Office of Communications Staff

The communications staff works closely with the admission office and other offices on campus to tell the Centre story.


Robert Boag

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Photographer Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 303 Work Phone: 859.238.5721

Robert comes to us from Richmond, Virginia. He studied at the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University and worked at the National Center for State Courts as their chief photographer and digital media assistant. Robert brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and talent to this position. Beyond his impressive still photography, he offers strong skills as a videographer and brings a savvy eye to other areas of importance in our office, such as digital archiving and social media.


Amy Clark Wise

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Assistant Director of Communications for Public Relations and Marketing Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 304 Work Phone: 859.238.5748

Amy joined the communications office in April 2013, bringing with her 15 years of direct experience in public relations and marketing communications. Her career has followed a path of marketing roles, including work at Preston-Osborne, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, and most recently, Commonwealth Cancer Centers of Kentucky, where she served as Director of Communications. A Danville-Boyle County native, Amy is an alumna of the 2009 Leadership Boyle County program. She is also active in professional organizations relevant to her field and serves on the advisory board of several civic organizations in the community. Amy graduated with honors in 1998 from the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, earning her B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication. She lives in Danville with her husband, Kendal, and two children, Molly and Colin.


Diane Johnson

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Senior Associate Director of Communications • College Editor • Centrepiece Editor Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 312 Work Phone: 859.238.5717

Diane has been a college writer and editor for more than 20 years, most of them at Centre. She graduated with distinction from the history honors program at the University of Virginia.

Katie Jones

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Publication, Web Communications Assistant Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 301 Work Phone: 859.238.5716

Mary Kay (Katie) began working at Centre in 2000 and is responsible for a variety of duties within the Communications Office. Some of her duties include updating sections of the website using Wordpress, publication design and production using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, as well as a variety of administrative and organizational duties within the department.

Before coming to Centre, she worked as a graphic artist and photographer for a ceramics and craft manufacturing company.


Ryan Lanigan

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Visual and Web Designer Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 306 Work Phone: 859.238.5720

Visual and Web Designer Ryan Lanigan joined the communications office in April 2013, bringing with him a wealth of design education and experience, and made redesigning Centre’s website his first order of business.

“The main goal of the redesign was to create a site that functioned as an intuitive tool for prospective students to learn more about Centre College,” Lanigan says. “To that end, it was important that the site be responsive so that it is easily viewable on mobile devices, as well as the most popular desktop browsers, without compromising our visual standards.”

“Implementing an easy-to-use CMS allows people from various backgrounds and geographic locations to edit their content online,” Lanigan continues. “The lack of a universal CMS on the previous site was definitely an area of need.”

Increased visits are a useful indicator of a successful and more navigable web presence, as well as acknowledgement that Centre’s prominent position as a national liberal arts college is reaching a broader audience via its website.

And while ease of user experience and increased traffic are the primary goals, the accolades of your peers is also gratifying. To date, Centre’s new website has been awarded an American Advertising Federation ADDY Award, a Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Award and a Gold designation from Hermes Creative Awards.

A graduate (summa cum laude) of EKU’s graphic design program, Ryan previously worked at Wausau Paper, Alltech and DecoArt. In addition, he has worked as a freelance artist, and you would recognize that work most notably through his logo design for the 303W restaurant in Danville. Ryan has also worked with companies such as Westcon, Avaya, Polycom, Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing, Iomega, EKU, Kentucky Ale and BossaNova Consulting.

Ryan and his wife Renee’ have two sons, Aiden and Asher.

Cindy Long

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Associate for News and Marketing Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 308 Work Phone: 859.238.5714

Cindy has worked at Centre since 2001. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.


Elise Murrell

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Communications Fellow Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 302 Work Phone: 859.238.5698

A 2013 graduate of Centre, she brings an impressive record of accomplishment and experience to the position, as well as professionalism and a passion for journalism. During her four years at Centre, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cento, a writing intern at the Advocate-Messenger and a freelance writer for The Group Travel Leader in Lexington. Following Centre, she attended the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York for a time, before returning home to Columbia, Ky. to pursue a career in communications. Fortunately, she found us and indicates she is pleased to return to the Centre community.


John Rusnak

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Web and Communications Assistant Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 309 Work Phone: 859.238.5722

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., John moved to Danville in 2003 and worked as a web design consultant before joining the staff at Centre in 2008. He has a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, where he held several jobs over the years. John also worked various computer-related positions at a healthcare company. In his spare time, he enjoys physical fitness, creating artwork, cooking, songwriting, recording original music, playing piano/keyboards, and performing with his musical duo The Sunspots.


Michael Strysick

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Director of Communications Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 300 Work Phone: 859.238.5710

Michael’s many years of professional experience is split between his work as a faculty member and administrator. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Binghamton University, SUNY, and shortly thereafter completed an NEH Summer Seminar at Yale University with the now late R.W.B. Lewis. He has taught English at Georgia Tech, campuses in the Kent State and University of Wisconsin systems, Davidson College and Wake Forest University, where he transitioned to administrative staff and began his career in communications.

Strysick served as executive director of college relations and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Prior to his appointment at Centre, Strysick worked as a Strategic Partner with Patton McDowell & Associates, a Charlotte-based consultancy that provides philanthropic counsel and organizational strategy.

Tom Sturgeon

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Associate Director of Communications for Visual and Web Design Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 307 Work Phone: 859.238.5715

Tom, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been at Centre since 1993. Prior to Centre, Tom worked at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Office of Medical Communications. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1991. He likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.