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Success by Design

For Scot Rutledge ’09, a typical day on the job is like something out of AMC’s hit show “The Pitch.”

“We generate ideas, create the campaigns and graphics, and push the lines of creativity,” he says. “I work with some of the most talented and driven people.”

A graduate of Robert Morris University’s graphic design program, Scot now works as a graphic specialist for the Community College of Beaver County. “RMU completely prepared me for this position,” he says.

The most valuable skill Scot acquired at RMU is the ability to be creative under pressure. “I was a fulltime student, active in Colonial Theatre, and worked part time, too. Stress was just something I learned to deal with.”


One of his best experiences at RMU was when he joined Media Arts Department Head Jon Radermacher and some fellow classmates to the Graphic Arts Association awards in Philadelphia. “I ended up with a Franklin Award for one of my design projects,” he says. “But the best part of the trip was we were the only university that got accepted. It was a handful of RMU seniors in a room packed with design professionals.”

Prior to his current role with CCBC, Scot worked as a graphic designer and marketing coordinator for the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley. He was also a designer, manager and actor for Mystery’s Most Wanted, a Pittsburgh-based murder-mystery improv company. He’s also been working as a freelance designer for five years.

Scot met his wife, Samantha (Bynum) Rutledge ’09, back at RMU when they were both in Colonial Theatre. Samantha graduated magna cum laude with a degree in communications, and now works for Tetra Tech in Green Tree. The two of them recently became first-time homeowners in Hopewell Township, Beaver County.

One of the best things Scot likes about his job is that new doors are always opening for him. “I look forward to new challenges with the always-changing technological landscape,” he says. “I hope to remain here for a few years and possibly obtain my master’s in marketing before making the move to an art director position. But as I gain new skills and develop new connections, I am keeping options open.”

Written by Valentine J. Brkich

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