Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Laura Jacobs
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations

The associate vice chancellor for university relations is the senior administrative position in the office and the university’s chief communications officer, reporting to the vice chancellor for university advancement. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to increase public understanding of and support for the university and its programs and goals.

News and Editorial Communications

Steve Voorhies, 479-575-3583
Manager of Media Relations

Charlie Alison, 479-575-6731
Executive Editor

The department of news and editorial communications is responsible for managing media relations for the university. The unit is also responsible for providing daily communications about the University of Arkansas to a broad array of internal and external audiences, as well as coordinating communications staff housed in other colleges, divisions and offices. The unit also produces the quarterly alumni publication, Arkansas magazine, and the daily online publication, Arkansas Newswire <>.

Academic Communications

Barbara Jaquish, 479-575-2683
Interim Director of Academic Communications

Matt McGowan, 479-575-4246
Science and research communications officer

Chris Branam, 479-575-4737
Research Communications writer/editor

Michelle Parks, 479-575-4704
Director of communications
Fay Jones School of Architecture

Heidi Stambuck, 479-575-3138
Director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions

Camilla Medders, 479-575-5697
Director of communications
College of Engineering

Dave Edmark, 479-575-6940
Director of communications
Division of Agriculture

Kay Best Murphy, 479-575-6489
Director of communications
Global Campus

Diane Cook, 479-575-2350
Director of communications
Graduate School and International Education

Kendall Curlee, 479-575-2024
Director of communications
Honors College

Darinda Sharp, 479-575-3712
Director of communications
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

David Speer, 479-575-2539
Director of communications
Sam M. Walton College of Business

Andy Albertson, 479-575-6111
Director of communications
School of Law

Jennifer Rae Hartman, 479-575-7311
Director of communications
University Libraries

The department of academic communications seeks to showcase the work of faculty, staff and students through diverse communication tools. The department is responsible for science and research communications as well as for working with communicators in the colleges and schools. This department collaborates with campus communicators to disseminate information about the university’s academic endeavors to campus, local, state, national and international audiences. The department provides resources such as information on campus experts, media training for faculty and assistance in reaching a broad audience through various media.

To see the latest information about research on campus, please visit Research Frontiers. <>

To find a faculty expert in a particular area, please visit the Faculty Experts List. <>

Development Communications

Jennifer Holland, 479-575-7346
Director of Development Communications

The development communications department is responsible for press releases, publications, print and electronic communications and general project oversight for efforts related to the fundraising efforts of the university. This department works closely with the central development offices — Annual Programs, Planned Giving, University Initiatives — as well as the fundraising staffs in academic and non-academic units around campus to ensure consistency in messaging as it relates to raising private gift support for the university. This position also works closely with university leadership on strategic planning for future fundraising efforts and outreach.

Strategic Communications

Mark Rushing, 479-575-7422
Director of Strategic Communications

Scott Flanagin, 479-575-6785
Director of communications
Division of Student Affairs

Crystal McBrayer, 479-575-6730
Director of communications
Enrollment Services

Denise Thomas, 479-418-4800
Director of communications
Arkansas World Trade Center

Tammy Tucker, 479-575-6390
Director of communications
Arkansas Alumni Association

Kevin Trainor, 479-575-6959
Associate Director

Starla Stensaas, 479-575-2060
Director of Communications
Information Technology Services

The department of strategic communications seeks to raise public awareness about the University of Arkansas through brand management, communications and public relations. This department collaborates with the many campus communicators. It provides resources such as editing and communications consultation for reaching a broad array of internal and external audiences.

If you’re looking for guidance on the university’s editorial style, then you may be interested in one of the three Style Guides <> for graphic identity, editorial or Web.