Anne Rudig, an Episcopalian from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, will become the director of the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication in January. Rudig, who has a background in advertising, public relations, branding and art, was chosen by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori after a search committee unanimously put Rudig forward as its final candidate.
"I am most pleased at the energy and creativity that Anne will bring to this work," Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Linda E. Watt said. "I think she will be a catalyst for original thinking and collaborative effort among those who work in the communications field in the church." The director of communications is the chief strategist for internal and external communications of the Episcopal Church, and is responsible for the implementation of that strategy.
The director supervises a staff of about 15 people at the Church Center in New York City, including those operating Episcopal Books and Resources, Episcopal Life Media, digital communications and public affairs. Rudig was the vice president and creative director of Northlich, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based communications and brand consulting agency, from August 2002 to October of this year. She has been responsible for managing integrated teams for print, broadcast, online, and public relations for such clients as Birds Eye Foods, Iams pet foods and Finlandia vodka. She also wrote copy for print, online and broadcast for some of the campaigns.
Prior to Northlich, Rudig was creative director for LexisNexis, which provides information and workflow systems to businesses and governmental agencies, and worked as a copywriter, art director and artist at other advertising and public relations firms in Ohio and New York City. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design from Parsons School of Design in New York from which she graduated first in her class in 1987. Rudig also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from the University of California at Berkeley. More information about Rudig's professional life is available here. Rudig also volunteered her communications skills to a number of not-for-profit organizations in and around Cincinnati, where she lives.
As part of that pro bono work, she created award-winning print, outdoor and television advertising campaigns for the Diocese of Southern Ohio where she was a member of the diocese's communications committee. Rudig will succeed Canon Robert Williams who had been director of communications for four years when he left that position in August. Since then, the Rev. Canon Kris Lee has been serving as interim director of communications.
Linda Hanick, vice president for communication and marketing at Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City, chaired the committee that searched for Williams' successor. Committee members included: the Rev. Scott A. Gunn, Christ Church, Lincoln, Rhode Island, and a member of the Episcopal Life board of governors; the Ven. P. Joyce Hardy from the Diocese of Arkansas and a member of the Episcopal Church's Executive Council; the Very Rev. Nicholas Knisely, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona, and chair of the church's Standing Committee on Communication; Lorenzo Martinez, vice president of external affairs for Episcopal Relief and Development; the Rev. Dr. Charles Robertson, canon to the Presiding Bishop; the Rev. Canon Louis Schueddig, president of the Alliance for Christian Media in Atlanta, Georgia; Mary Ellen Sloane, principal, Meridian Communication, Lexington, Kentucky; and Richelle Thompson, communications director of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, based in Cincinnati.