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University Communications Staff

University Communications, a unit of University Communications and Marketing, informs both internal and external audiences about NC State’s achievements in solution-driven research, interdisciplinary innovation, experiential education, and partnerships with business and industry.

Vacant, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Covers administration issues and the Chancellor’s Office. Liaison with University Communications and Marketing in planning the university’s public relations and media relations objectives.

News Services

Mick Kulikowski, Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations
Leads the university’s media relations efforts. Covers the Provost’s Office, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of Engineering.
office: (919) 515-8387
mobile: (919) 218-5937

Lauren Leslie Barker, Senior Media Relations Strategist
Serves as the liaison between NC State and broadcast media.
office: (919) 515-4734

Tracey Peake, Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School.
office: (919) 515-6142

Joey Pitchford, Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Education, the College of Natural Resources and the Wilson College of Textiles.
office: (919) 513-4798

Matt Shipman, Assistant Director of Research Communications
Directs NC State’s efforts to build a research communications hub. Covers the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Poole College of Management, the College of Engineering and the Office of Research and Innovation.
office: (919) 515-6386

Public Relations

Mary Cole Pike, Director of Public Relations
Leads efforts to advance NC State’s position as a top institution of higher learning. Provides communications counsel and support to the university community.
office: (919) 515-6235

Rachel Montesinos Jorro, Issues Management Specialist
Provides communications counsel and support to the university community.
office: (919) 515-5691

Editorial Services

Brent Winter, Director of Editorial Services
Leads efforts to inform and engage key university audiences through targeted news and information channels.

Deborah Strange, Senior Editor
Chief copy editor and editorial brand manager. Oversees writing and editing services for campus clients, priority publications, the mass email distribution system and the central university calendar.

Thyrie Bland, Writer and Editor
Edits the university calendar and provides communications support to University Human Resources.
office: (919) 515-5896

Tim Peeler, Communication Strategist
Leads strategic initiatives to promote the university’s impact on the state, region and nation. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
office: (919) 515-6251

Patrick Smith, Internal Communications Lead
Leads efforts to enhance and support internal communications across the university. Chief editor of the Bulletin, the official news source for faculty and staff.

Suzanne Wardle, Writer and Editor
Edits and distributes electronic communications to external constituents. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
office: (919) 515-8126

Marketing Communications Staff

The Marketing Communications team brings together experts in all the communication disciplines: strategists, project coordinators, videographers, photographers, designers, writers and developers. We build campaigns that bridge the digital and the physical — and show the world what “Think and Do” means.

Luis Chacon, Senior Director for Web and Digital Strategy
Directs, manages and implements the university’s web marketing and digital content strategy. Responsible for the NC State website and the Social Media Strategy Hub. Serves as a digital strategist, working with campus partners to advance the NC State brand.
office: (919) 513-3884

Megan Ellisor, Director of the Social Media Strategy Hub
Leads the Social Media Strategy Hub, an integrated marketing and communications center that brings together social media experts and cutting-edge technology to provide resources for real-time issues management and for developing and executing data-driven decisions for marketing and communications campaigns.

Alastair Hadden, Director of Marketing Content
Creates marketing content to promote and celebrate the university. Writes and edits copy for all channels, including digital and print advertising for external audiences.
office: (919) 515-1005