Governor Engler today announced that John Truscott, the director of the Governor's Communications Division and Press Secretary, will be leaving the Executive Office to open his own consulting firm in Lansing, as well as joining an Oakland County marketing, health-care consulting and business development firm – NuMarket Resources as a principal partner. Truscott has served as press secretary since January of 1991, and as director of communications and press secretary since January of 1995.
Truscott has also served as Communications Director for Governor-Elect Engler's Transition Office and as Media Relations Director for the Engler for Governor Campaign. He started with Engler on the campaign trail in June of 1989.
"John was one of the first six people to join my campaign team back in 1989. He's been with me since the beginning," said Engler. "It's difficult for me to put into words how much I will miss his dedication, his professionalism and his sound advice on media strategies. John has seen and said it all, and has done an excellent job representing my views and opinions on any number of subjects to the media. He will be greatly missed."
When Engler took office, Truscott was the youngest press secretary in the country and now is the longest serving press secretary for any current governor. He is considered the Dean of Communications Directors among the nation's Governors.
As Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Governor Engler, Mr. Truscott has served as the primary contact from the Governor's Office to the media in Michigan and throughout the country. He was responsible for answering media questions and also for developing communication strategies for the Engler Administration. In addition, he wrote speeches, press releases and other material for the Governor.
Most recently, he took part in the Bush/Cheney transition office as a volunteer and was a member of the Bush/Cheney recount team in Florida.
Truscott began his political career as a senior in college with Senator Doug Cruce (R-Troy) as a Staff Assistant in September of 1987. He then moved to the House Republican Press Office as a Legislative Press/Video Specialist where he hosted and produced cable television programs, and was also assigned to do all the media related work for four legislators. Truscott was also the statewide media director for Ballot Proposal B of 1988, which put crime victim's rights into the state constitution and passed by the largest margin in Michigan history.
Truscott has also worked in the Oldsmobile Public Relations department, Michigan State University's Physical Plant, Office of Business and Personnel, and the Michigan Department of Education.
Truscott has served as a volunteer trainer on communications and media issues in a new democracy to members of Parliament and staff in the country of Ukraine. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He has been a speaker and panelist for many media and government-related conferences, including the National Governor's Association and the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, he is a volunteer for the March of Dimes, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Chance at Childhood Foundation, Easter Seals and Toys for Tots.
He is a 1988 graduate with Honor from Michigan State University's Honors College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a major in Political Science. He graduated Valedictorian from Lansing's Sexton High School in 1984. Mr. Truscott resides in Lansing with his wife Martha, who serves as Chair of the Michigan Women's Commission.
Mr. Truscott will leave the Executive Office in mid-March.