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PR Exec Judi Hampton named Metro State’s 2011 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor

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Posted: February 22, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver announces public relations executive Judi Hampton as its 2011 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor. Under the theme “Inclusive Excellence: A Foundation for the 21st Century,” Hampton will participate in a series of events in the community and on campus Feb. 28 – March 2.

The professorship, initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metro State, brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to the College to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

This year’s scholar is president of Judi Hampton Public Relations, a consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching and professional development workshops. She has conducted hundreds of training and coaching sessions for thousands of professionals in all fields, as well as developing marketing, publicity and communications programs for clients. She has also traveled to universities nationwide to lecture on topics related to diversity and leadership, often drawing on her experiences in the Civil Rights Movement.

Hampton is president of the Board of Directors of Blackside, Inc., which produced "Eyes on the Prize" and other award-winning documentaries on American historical and social issues for public television.

Prior to founding her own company in 1987, Hampton spent 17 years in the corporate public affairs department of Mobil Corporation, where she served as senior public affairs officer, spokesperson and director of consumer affairs.

Hampton’s professorship includes lectures at a variety of events, including the 2011 Noel Community Event at Shorter AME Church (3100 Richard Allen Ct.) in Denver at 7 p.m. on March 1. No RSVP is needed and the event is free and open to the public.

During the evening, the following Colorado communications leaders will be honored:

  • Tamara Banks, veteran radio and television journalist, president/CEO, TazMedia
  • donnie l. betts ('87, speech communications), producer/director, No Credits Production
  • Ashara Ekundayo ('94, African American studies), owner/creative consultant, BluBlak Media
  • Rosalind "Bee" Harris, owner/publisher, Denver Urban Spectrum newspaper
  • Bertha Lynn, veteran anchorwoman, 7News

For more information about this year's professorship activities, visit:

About Rachel B. Noel
A lion of the civil rights movement in Denver, in 1965 Rachel Noel became the first African American elected to the Denver Public School Board of Education and the first African American woman ever to serve elected office in Colorado. On April 25, 1968, she presented the DPS board with the Noel Resolution, which asked the superintendent to develop a plan to integrate Denver's public schools. Under a cloud of threats to Noel and her family, the resolution passed in 1970.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.