Stephanie Keppich M’09, a former temporary faculty member in the Department of Communications Media, has transitioned to a new role within the university community.
Keppich, who was also the director of the Center for Media Production and Research, began her new position as IUP’s assistant director of Media Relations on March 18.
“Stephanie was the driving force behind the great work inside the CMPR the past few years,” said Chris Noah, IUP’s chief marketing officer. “She was recognized with IUP’s Experiential Teaching award for her Digital Sports Production course. I know she’ll be missed in her previous roles, but we are thrilled to have her on our team now.”
A broadcast journalist by trade, Keppich came to Indiana in 2008 as a graduate student after spending more than a decade as an anchor, reporter, and producer in five television markets across the country. She also worked in media relations at a hospital in Virginia, where she placed doctors on local media outlets, collaborated on brand initiatives, and trained healthcare professionals on how to interact with the media.
“I’ve worked with Stephanie for a number of years in various capacities and I know her skillset will help take our department to the next level,” said Michelle Fryling, IUP’s executive director of Media Relations. “In her first two weeks on the job, Stephanie has already contributed to the department by representing IUP during the women’s basketball NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in Columbus, Ohio. She helped facilitate media coverage from Pittsburgh news outlets and supported our marketing and communications efforts on the ground.”
Fryling noted that Keppich’s diverse background at IUP as a student, part-time employee, and faculty member teaching and mentoring students has helped enrich her understanding of the university climate.
Outside of work, Keppich is involved with the Positive Coaching Collaboration of Indiana County, which is focused on bringing positive character initiatives to Indiana County’s sports fields and venues. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Todd, an optometrist, and two young daughters, Laura and Mila. Stephanie enjoys time outside of work traveling, kayaking, and hiking near their cabin in Clear Creek State Park.