Mark J. Roy
Mark J. Roy in the Reading Room of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the main campus in Storrs, August 2000. The portrait in the rear is of Charles L. Beach, president of UConn from 1908 to 1928 when it was known as Connecticut Agricultural College. Photo by Peter Morenus
Mark J. Roy was Web Manager in University Communications at the University of Connecticut from August 1995 through his retirement from UConn in June 2009. He joined the UConn staff in 1981 as Assistant to the Director in the Office of Public Information. In 1985, OPI merged with the public relations side of University Publications forming University Relations.
As the University's Web Manager, Mark was responsible for the content of the main UConn website. He was webmaster for the Office of University Communications, and maintained several other UConn websites, most notably the UConn Student's site and the Faculty/Staff site.
Mark wrote extensively for the UConn Advance on the history of the University. The series covers UConn's founding in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School, through its evolution into a university in 1939 and its continuing progress into the 21st century. In September 2001 Mark became a published author with the release of University of Connecticut: The College History Series, a 128-page photographic history of UConn. The book, published by Arcadia Publishing, covers the growth of UConn from an agricultural school for boys to a land-grant college and its transition to a research university. The book went into a second printing in June 2004.
He was News Director and morning news anchor at WILI Radio in Willimantic from 1974 to 1981. He also was a part-time news anchor with WTIC-AM 1080 in Hartford (1982 to 1986) and WPOP in Newington (1979).
While at WILI, he hosted the daily public affairs program, Forum 14, and produced and anchored many special events programs, including WILI's annual election coverage.
His radio career began at WHUS, UConn's student radio station, in October 1971, and he served as news director of WHUS from May 1972 to February 1974.
He received his bachelor's degree in political science at UConn in 1974.
He is a graduate of Cromwell High School in Cromwell, Conn., and was editor of the 1970 CHS yearbook, Magna Panthera. Mark has voiced hundreds of radio and video spots, documentaries, and promotional pieces. He has been listed in Who's Who in the East, is a former president of the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association (1976-1978), and is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).