Telling the FSC Story

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This spring Farmingdale State College (FSC) welcomed Chris Maio as chief communications officer (CCO) to lead FSC's award-winning Marketing and Communications (MarComm) team. She will oversee integrated communications and brand strategy across all levels of internal and external messaging, while developing brand-specific communications among FSC’s target audiences.

Maio joins FSC from Stony Brook University, where she was head of communications and marketing for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. While there, she built the communications structure from the ground up, establishing and managing web, content, and social media strategies, working with the College's nine departments. She fostered an interdisciplinary approach with medicine, the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, in collaboration with the University’s umbrella brand. She was also an instructor and student advisor in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors program.

“I am elated that Chris Maio will lead the College’s marketing and communications efforts. Her experience and record of accomplishment make her the ideal person to help raise the profile and prominence of Farmingdale’s programs and people,” said Dr. John Nader, president of Farmingdale State College. “Chris really understands our mission and will help build a public appreciation of the College’s leading place in Long Island’s success. We are thrilled to welcome a communicator as experienced and savvy as she is to our leadership team.”

“Chris comes to FSC at a critical time in our history, as the school enjoys an incredible trajectory as the fastest-growing school in the SUNY System over the course of the last decade,” said Matthew Colson, vice president for development & alumni engagement for Farmingdale State College. “With a new strategic plan in development and a refreshed brand platform to be unveiled, her expertise and skill set will lead a talented MarComm team to elevate the profile of the institution into its rightful place. I’m excited to work with her.”

Specializing in the innovation and STEM fields, Maio helps organizations share their stories through audience-specific integrated communications, consistent with a unified brand message. Prior to Stony Brook, Maio worked in the tech industry, where she developed and launched a major brand campaign for Arrow Electronics, collaborated with industry and government partners on thought leadership programs at NXP Semiconductor, and managed press relations in a post-9/11 environment at Air France. Her earlier experience includes account management roles at public relations agencies, representing major brands and corporations such as Delta Air Lines and the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, Visa, Dupont Textiles and Interiors, and multiple consumer products.

Maio received her MS degree in technology and society from Stony Brook University and a BA in communication arts from Marist College.

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