School Leadership Association Hires Chief Communications Director
Jul 25, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK – The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) has hired Susan Hardy Brooks to fill a new Chief Communications Director position, according to Executive Director Dr. Pam Deering.
Hardy Brooks will develop strategy, serve as a media spokesperson, provide communications counsel and training to member districts, and manage digital and collateral development for marketing, member engagement and advocacy.
“There has never been a more important time to tell the public education story,” Deering said. “We need to equip our members and key stakeholders with the resources they need to communicate the value of public education as a cornerstone of our democracy and quality of life as Oklahomans. Susan’s combined experience in education and strategic communications makes her a great choice for this new role.”
Hardy Brooks has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, marketing, strategic communications and advocacy. She has a strong track record in education, and has worked with national and state agencies and associations, K-12 districts, career techs and higher education. Hardy Brooks is past president of the National School Public Relations Association, and a frequent presenter at national and state conferences. She has conducted communications audits for NSPRA since 1994 in school districts of all sizes across North America.
“I am a strong believer in our public schools and the dedicated professionals who change students’ lives every day,” said Hardy Brooks. “We need to engage our community leaders, parents and legislators in an ongoing effort to give every child in our state access to a free and equitable quality education. It is an honor to join the CCOSA team and have an impact on the future of our public schools.”
Prior to joining CCOSA, Susan worked for Schnake Turnbo Frank, an Oklahoma-based strategic communications and management consulting firm. She led her own public relations consulting business for eleven years, served as executive director for a public policy think tank, and was marketing director for several career tech centers.
CCOSA's mission is to promote quality administrative leadership for Oklahoma schools through professional development, legislation, and member services. For more information visit www.ccosa.org.