University Relations Staff

University Relations, a unit of University Communications, 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.

Fred Hartman, Executive Director of Public Relations
Covers administration issues and the Chancellor’s Office. Liaison with University Communications in planning the university’s public relations and media relations objectives.
office: (919) 515-7159
mobile: (919) 417-1899

News Services

Mick Kulikowski, Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations
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
D’Lyn Ford, Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Education, the College of Natural Resources and the College of Textiles.
office: (919) 513-4798


Tracey Peake, Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate School and the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development.
office: (919) 515-6142
Mary Cole Pike, Issues Management Lead
Provides communications counsel and support to the university community.
office: (919) 515-6235


Matt Shipman, Research Communication Lead
Covers the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Poole College of Management and the College of Engineering.
office: (919) 515-6386

Editorial Services

David Hunt, Director of Editorial Services
Leads efforts to inform and engage key university audiences through targeted news and information channels. Provides communications support to the College of Design and other clients across the university.
office: (919) 515-5863
Tim Peeler, Community Relations Manager
Works to enhance and support external communications efforts across the university. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
office: (919) 515-6251


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
Brent Winter, Writer and Editor
Serves as the division’s chief copy editor. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
office: (919) 513-3132

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, Director of Web Communications
Directs, manages and implements the university’s web marketing and digital content strategy. Responsible for the NC State website and central social media channels. Serves as a digital strategist, working with campus partners to advance the NC State brand.
office: (919) 513-3884
Drew Sykes, Social Media and Digital Content Specialist
Responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of strategic social media and digital initiatives, including writing content and managing the central university social media accounts.
office: (919) 515-7385


Alastair Hadden, Content Strategist
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