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Skrmetta to Oversee Marketing and Communications at USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:21pm | By: Van Arnold

James SkrmettaThe University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has named James Skrmetta as its new Manager of Marketing and Communications.

Skrmetta previously served as Communications Officer at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) for four years and led communication efforts during their transition to the now-expanded School of Ocean Science and Engineering.

In his new role, he is responsible for the overall communications of NCS4 and the Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP). He is tasked with creating a brand strategy that cultivates and enhances relationships with targeted internal and external audiences. His duties also include overseeing and publishing all internal and external communications and positioning NCS4 for both a national and global audience. Skrmetta began his new role on Sept. 4.

“We are fortunate and excited to have James join the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director. “He brings a reputation as an outstanding marketing and communication professional whose experience will serve him well as NCS4 builds its research and scholarship, advances professional competencies, trains today’s first responders, and continues to advance security technology efforts to a national and global audience.”

The research and educational mission of NCS4 is accomplished by working in close partnership with industry professionals, researchers and academics, and national and international government agencies to develop and deploy practical performance improvement tools and applications that bolster the capacity of practitioners to respond effectively to the current and future safety and security challenges and issues.

Skrmetta holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from USM.  

For more information on NCS4, visit