CCBC’s Jodi Meitl Neal named “Communicator of the Year”

Nov 12, 2018 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations makes announcement at District 1 conference

Baltimore County, MD — Jodi Meitl Neal, director of Creative Services at the Community College of Baltimore County, and longtime resident of Ellicott City, Md., has been selected as the 2018 Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1. NCMPR presented the award to Neal during its District 1 conference held earlier this month in Annapolis, Md. NCMPR District 1 represents hundreds of marketing and PR professionals at community colleges from Maryland to Canada.

NCMPR presents an annual Communicator of the Year award in each of its seven districts to an individual who has demonstrated special leadership and management ability in the area of college marketing and communications at their community college. The award celebrates those who’ve also made significant contributions to advance NCMPR and their profession as a whole.

Neal’s outstanding work across all of these criteria, along with her creativity, enthusiasm and commitment, earned her this prestigious award. As CCBC’s director of Creative Services, Neal manages the visual identity of CCBC and an in-house publications operation that includes supervision of a five-person design team, three campus print shops and mail house fulfillment.

This past year alone, Neal led her team’s production of award-winning, multi-media design work to advance the success of CCBC and its many initiatives, including the college’s 60th and the Honors program’s 30th anniversary celebrations. She also helped develop and launch CCBC’s latest advertising campaign and video series across online, digital and social media, print and outdoor promotions.

In addition to Neal’s creative impact on CCBC, she has been a staunch advocate for professional development and collaboration among community college communicators. She is a longstanding leader within NCMPR, one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, currently serving as the D1 assistant director and having previously served as Maryland’s state rep to the D1 Executive Council and as chair for district conferences. She’s a frequent presenter at both the NCMPR district and national conferences and also served as the 2017-18 president of the Maryland Council for Community College Public Relations Officers (MCCCPRO).

Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Towson University and an MBA from Frostburg University. She has earned national recognition for her graphic design work, including awards from Graphic Design:usa, the Web Marketing Association and NCMPR.

As the District 1 Communicator of the Year, Neal becomes one of seven finalists for the national Communicator of the Year Award, which will be presented in March 2019 at NCMPR's national conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, more than 63,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers.

CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


a photo of Jodi Neal the creative services director at CCBC