News Office Staff

Darren Johnson, Assistant Dean of Planning, Accountability and Advancement

Heather Meaney, Public Relations/Publications Specialist II

Jessica McHugh-Green, Graphic Designer II

Lynn Harkness, Executive Secretary I


Darren Johnson is Assistant Dean of Planning, Accountability and Advancement at Schenectady County Community College and heads the Communications effort, among other responsibilities. He previously was Media Relations Manager for Stony Brook University and Director of Public Relations for Long Island University, where his thousands of placements landed everywhere from People Magazine and “The Today Show” to “The NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” and on the cover of The New York Times. He is a higher education rebranding specialist, having led efforts to create vibrant presences for the new Touro Law School and the new Stony Brook Southampton campuses. He has a B.A. in English and Writing and an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature from Southampton College and has taught Writing and Journalism extensively at the four-year and community college levels. He also has a decade of newsroom experience and was a New York Press Association "Writer of the Year." As Faculty Adviser, he ran the student newspaper at Suffolk County Community College, leading the paper to the most Newsday Awards for any college on Long Island one year, and was given a Leadership Award, as voted upon by students, two years in a row at Stony Brook Southampton. He has also taught layout design and HTML and hand-coded the new SCCC web site over the summer of 2011. His training includes several National Incident Management System and related safety certifications, and he also serves SCCC as Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Heather Meaney is Public Relations/Publications Specialist II at Schenectady County Community College. She writes copy for internal publications, the SCCC web site and external media, and edits College publications. She also shares stories and information about students, faculty, academic programs, new initiatives, special events and many other aspects of SCCC with media outlets, resulting in media placements throughout the Capital Region and beyond. A former newspaper reporter, she appreciates the fact that all she has to do to find a good story is walk outside her office door and begin talking to an SCCC student. Heather has a B.S. in Public Relations/Journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University.

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