Virginia Mansfield-Richardson

Virginia Mansfield-Richardson

Associate Dean, Roy H. Park School of Communications

Phone:(607) 274-1021
Office:311 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Welcome to the Roy H. Park School of Communications!  This is a vibrant intellectual community that reaches all corners of the world.  We offer the following six undergraduate degrees and graduate degree:

B.S. Cinema and Photography
B.S. Communication Management and Design
B.A. Documentary Studies and Production
B.S. Emerging Media
B.F.A. Film, Photography and Visual Arts
B.S. Integrated Marketing Communications
B.A. Journalism
B.S. Television-Radio
M.S. Communications

We also offer the following seven minors:

Audio Production
Communication Management and Design
Integrated Marketing Communications
International Communications
Still Photography

There are several links on this webpage for various opportunities within the Park School of Communications and at Ithaca College, including internships, grants, scholarships, and study abroad.  

If you are a prospective incoming freshman or transfer student, I am happy to answer any questions you might have and to review college transcripts for transfer students to help you determine how courses will transfer to Ithaca College.  If you are the parent of a prospective student and have questions, again I am very happy to talk with you, so please call me or email me at

If you are a current Park School student, faculty member, or staff member please know that I am here to help you if you have questions or if you simply want to talk about the fascinating world of communications!  I feel that one of my most important duties is to serve the entire Park community and to make sure everyone feels they have a person they can contact or talk with if they need help with academic planning, the process of proposing curricular revisions, or to learn more about any of the numerous opportunities available at Ithaca College.

I enjoy welcoming the parents of our students at each orientation session.  If we have not had the opportunity to meet, please know that one of my main roles is to be available to work with parents if there is a family crisis, student emergency, or other situation that may require consultation with the Dean’s Office.  I also encourage you to visit us during the fall Family Weekend each year, or to stop by the Dean’s Office to introduce yourself to me if you happen to be visiting campus.  We know how important parents are to the lives of our students and we consider you an important part of the Ithaca College family!  If you have any questions about the federal act that protects student records, please see the link on this web page.  

I also welcome any contact with our outstanding graduates and we always enjoy when our alumni are able to come back to campus and share their career expertise with our students.  Our network of graduates is most impressive.  Students who are looking for a job after graduation should take advantage of the generosity of our alumni who are more than happy to offer career advice and to help students navigate the process of the job search.  During the winter break each year the Park School offers a one-credit program entitled Network Nights that allows students to travel to major cities to meet with alumni (contact Professor Scott Hamula at for more information).  So, whether our graduates are coming back to teach a mini course, giving a lecture, or simply talking with students on the phone to give them advice, we feel our alumni are truly one of our greatest assets!

This year we are launching a new initiative in the Park School to address the need for research and communication associated with global climate change and sustainability.  We call it the TREES Institute, which stands for Teaching and Research for Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, and it’s offered under the umbrella organization of the Park Sustainability Initiative.  Anyone interested in helping to grow this important initiative should contact me in the Dean’s Office at (607) 274-1021.  

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Best Wishes,