Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Development, McHenry County College

LGMC Board Chair, Class of 2013

Christina Haggerty brings over 25 years of demonstrated success in marketing communications, brand strategy, event marketing and management, public and external relations, engagement, and aligning internal and external communications for both profit and nonprofit organizations. She is an exceptional communicator with a proven track record of driving growth and organizational reputation through integrated marketing strategies, leadership development, strategic planning, and brand building from the inside-out. Skilled at building consensus, Christina is a leader in implementing new techniques to engage employees through effective communication practices.

As Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Development at McHenry County College (MCC) in Crystal Lake, IL, Christina provides the highest level of strategic, college-wide leadership for all areas of advancement and development, including: private fundraising; grants programs; marketing and communications; external relations; legislative affairs and governmental relations; business development; events; and new innovations. In her role, Christina also acts as the College’s chief communications officer and spokesperson. Her ability to lead goal-oriented teams, along with her expertise in planning, strategy, communications, development, and event design, has been integral to the growth and innovation at MCC.

As the current Chair of the Illinois Community College Marketing Collaborative (ICCMC), Christina has led and facilitated all efforts to rebrand the state community college system, working with colleagues and presidents across Illinois to strategically build recognition and support with key stakeholders.

Prior to joining MCC in 2008, Christina was Marketing Director and Strategic Consultant for Dulye & Company, a leading, national strategic communications firm. Before her work with Dulye & Co., Christina was Director of Marketing at the American Marketing Association (AMA), the largest marketing association in North America. Christina has been published in the Communication Studies/Electronic Journal of Communication for her research on leadership communications.

Christina received McHenry County’s Women of Distinction award in 2020 for her leadership and service. She serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees for Leadership Greater McHenry County. Prior to this role, she served in various roles, including Vice Chair, Governance Chair, Selection Chair, and Alumni Chair. She is a graduate of LGMC’s Class of 2013.

She also is an active member of: American Marketing Association; Council for Advancement and Support of Education; International Association of Business Communicators; National Council for Marketing and Public Relations; Public Relations Society of America; and the MCC Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. Christina actively participates as a member of MCC’s Education to Empowerment women’s scholarship and mentoring program.

Christina is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (MA) and Augstana College (BA). She is an accomplished singer and musician, and she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and pup, Roxy.