University Communications and Marketing


University Communications and Marketing

The University of Akron

Wayne Hill

University Communications and Marketing leads the institution-level integrated marketing and communications efforts. We collaborate with leaders across campus to ensure consistent messaging, strategic marketing efforts and strong brand development for the University.

We do this by focusing our efforts on university activities that best reflect the creation of new knowledge, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship — all to provide an environment that encourages student success.

Through strategic and creative communications, we demonstrate how the university provides value to its varied constituents and helps fulfill the University’s collective goals toward student success; global relevance; interdisciplinary distinction; strong community engagement; and a vital campus environment.

We bring aspects of marketing communication together to effectively position the university in a consistent and coordinated manner.

Wayne Hill, chief communications & marketing officer/associate vice president, leads the group. Contact: or 330-972-2148.

University Communications and Marketing is in the Administrative Services Building at 185 Mill St.

Marketing and Creative Services

The Creative Services team provides creative concepting, design, editing, photography, print production management and writing services. Our staff produces a wide variety of printed products, ranging from award-winning brochures and student recruitment pieces to advertising and institutional-level annual reports. Any promotional project intended to be seen by external audiences should be approved by Creative Services. The staff also is available for project consultation and logo standards assistance.

Jeff Harwell
Graphic Designer

Matt Schafer
Senior Writer

Nancy Sugg Bracher
Manager of Publications

Media Relations

All news media inquiries and media releases should be approved through the Office of Media Relations. Serving as a liaison between the news media and the University community, the Public Relations staff is available for counsel on any matters involving the media or newsworthy events happening on the UA campus.

Dan Minnich
Director of Media Relations

Lisa Craig
PR Representative

Digital and Internal Communication

We tell the University's story through the web, video, social media and internal communications.

Bob Kropff
Senior Director of Integrated Communications

Steve Allen
Senior Multimedia Producer

Jessica Bixby
Social Media Specialist

Joette Dignan Weir
Manager of Editorial Services

Steve Sedlock
Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist

Team support

Pam Duncan
Administrative Assistant Senior

Jan Watts
Administrative Assistant Senior