Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Barbara Kerr, APR, is an award-winning media specialist with experience in broadcast journalism and media relations across the United States and around the world.
Her communications career included positions as news director, anchor, reporter, and producer at network television affiliates in Ohio and Maryland. She has served as a media advisor for government, business, public and nonprofit organizations in cities including New York City; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. as well as overseas in Bulgaria, Hong Kong and The Philippines.
Her reporting skills took her to national events including political conventions, presidential debates, and the return of the American hostages from Iran to the United States. Her credits include coverage of education, government, health and the U. S. space program. Ms. Kerr also earned praise for her interviews with an impressive list of newsmakers including former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
In 1996, Ms. Kerr received the "Leading Change Award" from the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of Women in Communications. Her other honors include an Emmy Award nomination from the Cincinnati/Columbus/Dayton chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was also named "Achiever of the Year" by the Dayton Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. Additionally, she has earned four Spotlight Awards and two Awards of Merit from the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In 2011, her communications success in support of the opening of Clark College at Columbia Tech Center received top honors in the national competition of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR).
A member of PRSA, Ms. Kerr has earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation. According to PRSA, "APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice, and who are selected based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment."
Ms. Kerr noted that she was drawn to Clark College "because of its extraordinary impact in Southwest Washington. For more than half of the Clark County high school graduates who go on to college, Clark College is the next step. We are also the leading regional provider of continuing education, adult basic education, workforce education, and English as a second language." She added, "Since it was founded in 1933, Clark has truly been the community's college -- committed to student success and educational excellence."
Ms. Kerr graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College in New York. She joined Clark College in September 2004.
In 2012, she is serving as Vice President of Member Communications for the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). During 2011, she served as the chapter's Vice President of Member Services.
She is a member of the Executive Council of Chapter 7 of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR). She served two terms, including one as board secretary, on the Board of Directors of Profile Theatre in Portland.