February 28, 2003
Darren Johnson Named Director of Public Relations
Patricia Conway Joins Administratvive Team as Assistant Director
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Darren Johnson has been promoted to Director of Public Relations at Southampton College of Long Island University after serving for four years as Assistant Director. He replaces Jane Finalborgo, who, after 17 years as Director, resigned to work for Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Coram). Patricia Conway has moved into Johnson's former position as Assistant Director.
Johnson's PR work has resulted in Southampton College receiving national and international publicity for its celebrity speakers and professors, including Billy Joel and Alec Baldwin, and improved visibility of the College's heralded and up-and-coming programs, including The Southampton Players theater troupe, the John Steinbeck Book Fair, the Summer Writers Conference, the Brain Bee neuroscience quiz show, the Richard J. Hagen Jr. High School Business Case Competition, Colonials athletics, student volunteerism and the All For The Sea concert series that last summer featured Bob Dylan. "One of my main goals has been strengthening the bonds between the College and the larger East End community," Johnson said, "along with getting our students, professors and stellar programs the recognition they deserve."
A widely published journalist, Johnson has a B.A. and an M.F.A. in Writing from Southampton College. His news articles have appeared everywhere from local papers to The New York Times to the globally distributed The American, where he served as arts and assistant sports editor. In 1996, he was named the New York Press Association's Writer of the Year. Also serving as an adjunct instructor at Southampton College since 1996, he teaches HTML and advanced computer applications. Johnson lives in Riverhead with his wife Eileen and daughter Kaylee.
Conway, a member of Southampton College's PR staff for the past two years, has an extensive background in publishing and freelance editing. She was a founder and editor of a monthly arts publication, and has worked in advertising and primary school public relations since the early 1990s. She also served as the Director of Editorial Services at Syntax Communication, the country's largest marketing and communications firm for public education and has created publicity materials for capital campaigns for several Long Island libraries. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island ScienCenter and is active in local community issues. She lives in East Moriches with her son Cole.