Houston Community College Director Named President Of National Marketing Council

Debra McGaughey

Executive board, directors also announced at national conference Debra McGaughey, the director of communication services at Houston Community College (HCC), was named the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) president for 2021-22. She is the first African American woman to serve in the position in nearly two decades.

McGaughey has worked at HCC since 2004. She served as the general manager of the college’s cable television station for five years, and she was the college’s communications director for more than 10 years. Before starting at HCC, McGaughey spent 15 years as a television news reporter for KHOU, which is the CBS affiliate in Houston, and KDAF in Dallas. She also spent four years as a news and feature writer for The Dallas Morning News.

She is co-founder of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists and a former president of the Houston Association of Black Journalists. She has been nominated for a Lone Star EMMY and has received multiple Paragon and Medallion awards from NCMPR.

As the organization’s new president, McGaughey will aspire to increase the organization’s communication channels and diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI) efforts, which ramped up in 2020 as an outgrowth of the national call for social justice.

“It is encouraging to see NCMPR’s DEI efforts translate to more member engagement and membership growth of people from all over the country,” she says.

A native New Yorker who moved to Texas in 1980, McGaughey earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University. She currently serves on the board of the Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land, Inc., which is working to build an educational center and museum to honor the Sugar Land 95, who were victims of the slave-like system of convict leasing in the early to mid 1900s. Their remains were discovered at a Sugar Land high school construction site in 2018.

“I am excited to be working with her in the next year,” says NCMPR Executive Director James Walters, especially as the organization looks to grow membership, expand programming and weave its diversity, equity and inclusion goals into offerings and how the organization moves forward. “Debra brings a lot of energy and creativity to the executive board. She is a true professional who is up to the task of accomplishing great things in the coming year.”

McGaughey was appointed NCMPR’s new president at its March virtual national conference, where the organization also announced and installed its new board of directors. NCMPR’s officers, who make up the council’s executive board, are

  •  President Debra McGaughey, director of communication services at Houston Community College.
  • Vice President/President Elect Jeff Ebbing, director of marketing and communications at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.
  • Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Julian, chief of staff at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
  • Immediate Past President Juan Gutierrez, director of marketing and public relations at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.
  • Past President Lynn Whalen, chief communications officer at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.

NCMPR’s district directors and directors-at-large are

  • District 1 Director Jodi Neal, interim senior director of college communications at the Community College of Baltimore County.
  • District 2 Director Virginia Moreland, director of marketing and advertising at The College System of Tennessee in Nashville.
  • District 3 Director Toya Webb, chief marketing & communications officer at Elgin Community College in Illinois.
  • District 4 Director Matt Radcliffe, digital strategist at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.
  • District 5 Director Kristin Kollbaum, director of marketing and communications at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
  • District 6 Director Andrea Rangno, public information specialist at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.
  • District 7 Director Grace Kendall, director of strategic marketing and community engagement at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington.
  • Director-at-Large Christine Payton, communications and marketing director at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.
  • Director-at-Large Patrick Stone, director of strategic communications and marketing at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts.NCMPR supports the professional development of community college communicators, serving 1,500 members from 480 colleges across the United States and Canada. It’s the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges and is one of the largest affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges. NCMPR is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.