Office of External Relations and Communications

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What We Do

Public Relations

Storytelling • Content Editing • Media Relations • Campus Communications • Emergency Communications • Communication Strategy • Email Marketing

Communications and Marketing

Creative and Design • Photography/Videography • Event Marketing • Campus Programming • Social Media


Events • Fundraising • Grants

Public Programming

Colligan History Project • Wilks Lecture • Casper Lecture • Appalachian Studies • Other lectures in partnership with other offices and organizations • Artist Series

To request any of our services, please use one of the request forms—see links on right—and one of our team members, below, will get in touch.

How Do I Make a Request?

Simply choose REM or ERC on the forms you previously used to request services from OCM and your project will be directed to the right office.

Form to make a request for PR/Design Services (including merchandise, e.g., T-shirts.

Form to make a request for Web Services

Ellen Paxton

Regional Senior Director of External Relations and Public Relations


Perry Richardson

Senior Director of Media and Community Relations


Matthew Smith

Director of Public Programming


Ryan Young

Assistant Director of Regional Advancement


Ruth Orth

Social Media and Communications Specialist


Kenzie Bryant

Graphic Design Specialist


Ruth Willis

Program Associate


Jackie Webb

Program Associate