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Public Affairs

Address and Contact Information

507 E. Green
M/C 426
Champaign, IL  61820  (map)

About Public Affairs

Public Affairs provides a broad range of services to help you reach your strategic communications and marketing goals. As the central campus-level strategic communications unit, we provide leadership, training and tools in branding, crisis communications, event planning, graphic design, marketing, media relations, photography, social media, video production, web-based communication tools and writing/editing. We also manage the campus website, university-level social media accounts and Illinois in a Box, as well as the image and video databases; we respond to national ranking surveys and assist in handling Freedom of Information Act requests in addition to a wide array of special projects.

Groups within Public Affairs include the Big Ten Network, creating high-quality, non-athletic programming aired on the Big Ten Network; Executive Communications, crafting speeches, campus-level announcements, correspondence and other messaging for university leaders; the News Bureau, delivering research and campus-related press content and offering media training; Photography, capturing dynamic, high-quality photos for campus and unit-level needs, Social Media, offering strategy, best practices and resources for social media managers; Special Events, planning campus-level events such as Convocation and Commencement, as well as advising units on unit-level event planning; Strategic Branding and Marketing, providing brand guidelines, media buying and market research;  Video Services, creating professional, high-quality marketing and promotional videos; and Web Services, which offers a variety of web-based tools to help achieve campus communications goals.



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  • Public Affairs: 333-5010
  • 507 E Green St, Ste 313, C, MC-426
  • FAX: 244-7124
  • EMAIL:
  • URL:
  • Assoc chancellor, public affairs: Robin Kaler, 333-5010
  • Exec. asst to assoc chancellor Pam Steele, 333-5011
  • Deputy assoc chancellor: Chris Harris, 333-8833
  • Dir. of institutional communications: Allison Vance, 300-6171
  • Dir. of special projects: E. Todd Wilson, 333-4059
  • Dir. of social media: August Schiess, 300-4181
  • Dir. of photography: Fred Zwicky, 300-7709
  • Big Ten Network production: 244-1980
  • Illinois-in-a-Box: 300-8679
  • News Bureau: Dir, Steve Witmer, 244-9159
  • Special Events: Sr. Dir, Laura Wilhelm-Barr
  • Strategic Marketing & Branding: CMO, Eric Minor, 224-6162
  • Video Productions:  Andrew Gleason, 244-2978
  • Web Services: Dir, James Wilson, 333-4312

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Name Title Email
Banister, Jaclyn Suzanne Administrative Assistant
Gleason, Andrew Franklin Associate Director of Video Services
Harris, Christopher S Deputy Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs
Senior Director of Strategic Communications
Kaler, Robin Associate Chancellor
Polk, Emily C Video Production Specialist
Polk, Thomas R Video Production Specialist
Schiess, August Director of Social Media
Southworth, Kaitlin Emily Director of Video Production
Steele, Pam Executive Assistant to the Associate Chancellor
Vincent, Michael B Senior Graphic Designer
Watson, Katie Sr Assistant Director of Content Strategy
Wilson, Eric Todd Director of Special Projects
Content Manager, Campus homepage
Zwicky, Frederick H Senior Photographer