Roanoke College welcomed a new college editor to the Office of Marketing and Communications on Aug. 1.
Lindsey Nair, a 1998 graduate of Roanoke College, brings 24 years of communications experience to her new role, including more than six years in higher education. As college editor, Nair will oversee production of the school’s biannual alumni publication, Roanoke College Magazine, and collaborate with stakeholders across the College community to help tell Roanoke’s story to key audiences.
Nair, a native of Clifton Forge, Virginia, earned a B.A. in English at Roanoke and replaces former editor Leslie Taylor, who retired in July.
“When Roanoke College accepted me as a transfer student in 1996, it made a generous investment in my life and set me up to succeed on my career path,” Nair said, “so it seems fitting that I am now able to put that experience to work for my beloved alma mater. I look forward to producing quality content that will keep all members of the Maroons community informed, engaged and invested in Roanoke’s mission.”
After graduation from Roanoke, Nair spent 17 years at The Roanoke Times, where she was an award-winning reporter and editor. As a reporter, she covered the police beat, state courts and federal courts, then penned a popular food column for the Extra section called Front Burner. She capped her tenure at the newspaper as editor of the Extra section.
In 2016, Nair joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, where she worked as a senior writer and director of content development before stepping into the role of senior director of content strategy.
"Lindsey’s expertise and communications background will make a big impact in service to Roanoke College. What a bonus that she is an alumna who was supported here as a student and found meaning and success in her career because of that support,” said Melanie Tolan, vice president for marketing and communications at Roanoke College. “We are thrilled to have Lindsey’s positive energy, journalistic integrity and unmatched work ethic behind all of the incredible stories we have to share.”