Ryan Barker was recently hired as a Communications Specialist by the Office of Communications and Marketing at Presbyterian College. Barker began working Aug. 17.
In his capacity as communications specialist, Barker will write and disseminate all news releases for the College as well as drafting content for the College’s alumni magazine and weekly newsletter, “PC Pride.” In addition, he will supervise all office interns and produce content for the PC website.
Barker was raised in Laurens, having graduated from Laurens District 55 High School in 2010. This past May he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English, creative writing and history from Tusculum College, located in Greeneville, Tenn.
“We are delighted that Ryan has joined us at PC’s communications and marketing department,” said Alyssa Ludwiczak, director of marketing. “We have seen great work from Ryan so far. We truly believe he will be an asset, not only to our office, but to the PC community as a whole.”
While at Tusculum, Barker spent five years as a work-study for the Office of College Communications. In doing so, Barker wrote and edited news releases, speeches, marketing materials and articles for the Tusculum Magazine. Barker also served as a peer tutor and as a student editor for Tusculum’s literary journal The Tusculum Review.
Barker has completed internships for the Office of Institutional Advancement and museums at Tusculum, as well as the Niswonger Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee.
In addition, Barker is a member of the Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Sigma Tau Delta national honor societies. He has served as president of the student government association and chaired the 2015 Graduate Philanthropy Council at Tusculum.
Further, Barker received the Bruce G. Batts Award at the 2015 honors convocation at Tusculum. Presented in memory of a beloved educator at Tusculum who helped define the college’s civic arts curricular focus, the Bruce G. Batts Award is presented to a student who clearly demonstrates the qualities that reflect the civic arts ideals.