Mark G. Contreras, chief executive officer of Calkins Media Incorporated of Levittown, Pennsylvania, has been appointed dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, effective Aug. 23, 2017, Executive Vice President and Provost Mark Thompson announced today.
“Mark brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience that I’m confident will serve the School of Communications and the university well,” Thompson said. “He understands the rapidly changing and emerging trends in the communications industry, which will help to ensure that we deliver on our promise of the highest quality education for our students.”
In his new position, Contreras will lead the School of Communications, which has 29 full-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 950 students in its six undergraduate and four graduate programs. The school offers undergraduate programs in journalism; public relations; advertising and integrated communications; film, television and media arts; graphic and interactive design; and media studies. It also has graduate programs in journalism, sports journalism, public relations and interactive media. In addition, the school is home to the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, which has a complete television production studio, including cameras, teleprompters and a control room. The center also has a News Technology Center, which was designed to emulate a newsroom production facility.
“I am excited to begin work with a group of creative, talented and dedicated faculty and staff of the School of Communications,” Contreras said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with all constituencies of the School of Communications and the university to increase the school’s resources to advance the interests of our students’ education and future careers.”
Contreras comes to Quinnipiac with extensive corporate leadership experience at some of the country’s top media organizations. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of Calkins Media Incorporated, a privately held local television broadcasting, newspaper publishing and digital media company with assets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Alabama and revenue at approximately $100 million annually.
Before assuming the helm of Calkins Media Incorporated in 2011, Contreras was a senior vice president at the E.W. Scripps Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pulitzer Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as president and publisher of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
In addition, Contreras has served as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (now known as the News Media Association) and as chairman of the American Press Institute, one of the media industry’s leading training, development and research institutions.
Contreras has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Marybeth Sughrue, have one adult son, Michael.