ODNR Names New Chief of Communications

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Director James Zehringer today announced that Bethany McCorkle has accepted the position of chief of communications. She has served in the chief’s role on an interim basis and had previously worked as ODNR’s deputy chief of communications.

“Bethany has excelled while meeting each challenge she has encountered during her time at ODNR,” said Zehringer. “She has displayed exceptional leadership abilities, and I am confident that her experience and expertise in communications and marketing will prove invaluable to both the public and the department.”

Prior to joining ODNR, McCorkle served as both a communications and marketing officer at the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). Her duties at ODOD allowed her to build effective relationships within the Ohio business community while working on marketing and training projects as well as providing project management assistance. Her communications efforts included working with national and local media to highlight department efforts and initiatives. Before joining ODOD, McCorkle spent a number of years in the private sector, most recently as a key account director at Worldwide Express.

McCorkle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University where she majored in communications, marketing and promotional sales.


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