Jonathan O'Harrow is the Director of Strategic Communications at Penn State Altoona. He has worked for more than 20 years as a marketing/communications professional, web and graphic designer, and systems programmer. O'Harrow earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science from Susquehanna University and is currently pursuing his master's in strategic communications from Penn State's Bellisario College of Communications.
At Penn State Altoona, O'Harrow is responsible for directing strategic communications campaigns, both internal and external, including video, radio, print, web, and social media. As the director, he is the brand steward for the college, generating support and buy-in among campus constituencies for University brand positioning and ensuring that the University brand is maintained throughout campus communications and marketing initiatives. O'Harrow is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the college's website and all administrative and academic sub-sites therein. He also oversees and administers the college's social media efforts.
In his role, O'Harrow serves as the college's Crisis Communications Manager and college spokesperson with local, regional, and national media to maximize coverage of college news, special-interest stories, and faculty experts, as well as address issues of concern with media and other audiences, including alumni, donors, community, parents, and students.
O'Harrow is a 2007 graduate of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Blair County program, a 2008 recipient of the Altoona Mirror's 20 Under 40 recognition, a 2009 recipient of Penn State Altoona's Ted J. Long Staff Excellence Award, a 2011 inductee into the Cresson Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame, and a 2018 recipient of the Blair County Arts Foundation's Angel of the Arts award. O'Harrow is active in numerous community service and arts organizations and serves on the boards for United Way of Blair County, Altoona Community Theatre, and Altoona Symphony Orchestra.