New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Horyczun as the new Director of Communications for New Canaan Public Schools. Mr. Horyczun will be responsible for developing and implementing the district communications plan for the Board of Education and administration.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the New Canaan Public Schools,” said Dr. Luizzi. “His experience and enthusiasm will help advance our efforts to communicate effectively with the New Canaan community.”
Mr. Horyczun is an accomplished journalist and public relations professional with over 20 years experience in both fields. Most recently, he worked in Fairfield University’s Marketing and Communications Department as Director of Media Relations. In that capacity, he oversaw a three-person department and was responsible for developing successful strategies for supporting the mission of the University. He also had special portfolio assignments in the arts, including events at the Quick Center for the Arts, and exhibitions and programs at the Bellarmine Museum of Art and the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.
Prior to that, Mr. Horyczun served as Director of Public Relations for the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, overseeing media campaigns that helped raise the profile of the institution, leading to record attendance.
“I am privileged to join this highly respected team and participate in a school district that is recognized nationally as one of the best in the country,” said Mr. Horyczun.
In addition to his career as a media and public relations director, Mr. Horyczun has extensive journalism experience. He’s written for magazines, newspapers, and online media, and he currently writes free-lance feature articles for Hearst CT Media contributing a weekly music column for the Norwalk Hour. He has also worked in the radio industry and currently is an on-air volunteer staff member at public radio station WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, CT, where he regularly hosts a long-running music program. He previously hosted a daily drive-time music program on WFUV in New York.
A resident of Trumbull, CT, where he lives with his wife and daughter, Mr. Horyczun is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in English and Journalism.
Dr. Luizzi also thanked the interview committee by sharing, “together as a committee, we identified and hired an outstanding candidate for this important position, and I’m very thankful for the many hours the team devoted towards these efforts”.
The Director of Communications position replaces the Public Information and Communications Specialist position at New Canaan Public Schools.