Nashville public relations and marketing expert Mitchell Despot has been named Lipscomb Academy's director of communication, Candice McQueen, senior vice president and dean of Lipscomb University's College of Education announced today.
As director of communication, Despot will oversee media relations, internal and external communication initiatives and web communication among other operations.
"Mitchell has a strong understanding of the importance of communication and messaging that will enhance the Lipscomb Academy community," said McQueen. "He also has a passion for Christian education and will be an asset to our administrative team and in leading a communication program that will help us share the many great stories of the ways in which Lipscomb Academy is impacting its students and the community."
Despot, a Lipscomb Academy alumnus, is an assistant account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, where he manages national media placement for clients and provides writing, media relations and social media support for a variety of clients. In 2012 and 2013 he was recognized by McNeely Pigott & Fox as its "Best Media Pitcher" and "Rising Star." Despot will begin his appointment at Lipscomb Academy on May 19.
"I have seen first-hand the impact faith-based education can have on children and young adults," said Despot. "In a world that is increasingly focused on serving oneself and putting one's priorities above those of others, I look forward to helping create an awareness and to tell the story of this school that is making a difference not only in the lives of its students but also in the community."
Despot has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Lipscomb University. While a student at Lipscomb, Despot was a writer for Lumination, the university's award-winning student news service. He is a member of the Friends of Radnor Lake communications committee and is a volunteer tutor for Friendspeak, a program designed to help English language learners practice conversational English using the Bible as text.
Established in 1891, Lipscomb Academy is a college preparatory school, grades PreK-12, that is affiliated with Lipscomb University.