Sodders named MCSD communications director


The Marshalltown School District will welcome new communications director Adam Sodders on Monday.

Sodders, 24, of State Center, replaces Andrew Potter, who left the position to become the new director of tourism for the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce.

Marshalltown School District Superintendent Theron Schutte said Sodders had experience working with the district before when he was a journalist for the Times-Republican.

“I am very excited to have Adam assume the role of MCSD communications director, having very large shoes to fill with replacing Andrew Potter,” Schutte said. “I believe he will be a great asset for our continuous effort to improve our lines of communication within and outside of our school community. As well as he has great potential to help us better engage our entire school community around Bobcat Pride.”

Sodders said he plans on following the footsteps left behind by Potter.

“He did an exceptional job and over the last five years I noticed the output of stories from the district raised,” he said. “The social media presence also raised, which will be a priority for me.”

Sodders is a 2019 graduate of Iowa State University in Ames. He received a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication with a focus on Spanish and Latino studies and linguistics.

Sodders worked for the Times-Republican from May 2016 to September 2019 and was awarded the Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists from the Iowa Newspaper Association. After his time with the Marshalltown newspaper, he left to assume of the position of Marshall County field organizer for the Julian Castro presidential campaign. Sodders helped meet and exceed the campaign goal of $800,000.

When the position of the school district communications director became available, he knew he wanted to continue his positive contribution to Marshalltown.

“I am really excited to get started. I can’t wait,” Sodders said. “I think this will be great.”


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