William & Mary

Meet the Team

Suzanne Seurattan
Director of News & Media

Lead on pitching and marketing faculty, students and programs to local, national, international and new media. Also serves as backup spokesperson and contact for press queries.

BEAT: National Media Outreach, Government, Economics, Public Policy, Economic Development and Business Innovation, School of Law, Institute of Bill of Rights Law, The Center for Public Policy Research, Schroeder Center for Health Policy, Historic Campus, Swem Library and William & Mary Police Department

Joseph M. McClain
Director of Research Communications

Editor of Ideation magazine. Serves as lead on research-related stories, especially those involving the natural sciences.

BEAT: Faculty/Student Research, Environmental Science/Keck Lab, Applied Science, Computer Science, Center for Conservation Biology, Center for Archeological Research, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Jefferson Lab -- Applied Research Center (ARC), Neuroscience, Linguistics

David Williard
Director of Multimedia News

Coordinates development and production of multimedia news content for News & Media, including special video packages such as faculty features and the Book of the Month. Also manages video coverage of campus-wide events, programs and research featuring faculty, staff and students.

BEAT: Video News Features

Erin Zagursky
Associate Director of University News

Serves as primary writer for major events and general assignment. Also coordinates the News & Media social network sites and has lead on web posting of news stories and photos.

BEAT: Civic Engagement, School of Education, Psychology, the Center for Student Diversity, Africana Studies, Student Activities, Music, Theatre, Speech & Dance, Military Science, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Diversity Committee, Information Technology

Jim Ducibella
Communications Specialist

Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.

BEAT: Campus Life, Scholar Athletes, Reves Center, International Relations, Kinesiology, the Charles Center, English, History, American Studies, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Cortney Langley
Communications Specialist

Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.

BEAT: Art & Art History, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Philosophy, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Also serves as the News & Media liaison with the business school's communications office.

Justin K. Thomas
Media Placement Specialist

Justin K. Thomas757-221-2011
Works with the Director of News & Media pitching faculty, students and programs to the news media with a focus on national print and broadcast placements. Also serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website.

BEAT: Sociology, Film Studies, Religious Studies, Classical Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Alisa Whitehead
Public Relations Specialist and Assistant to the Chief Communications Officer

Alisa Whitehead757-221-2622
Coordinates daily distribution of clips, office support, media tracking and management of News & Media archives.

BEAT: Dean's List, Crime Log, Media Tracking, Daily Clips