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Public Affairs

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The mission of the Department of Public Affairs is to position CWU for investment by state and federal government, private organizations, and by students and their families. We do that by telling the world about the remarkable people, programs, and accomplishments at CWU. We help staff, students, and faculty communicate their successes, opportunities, and discoveries to key audiences. 

The Department of Public Affairs uses market research to set standards for communication with external audiences on behalf of the university. Our goal is to ensure the highest standards of quality and effectiveness in communication across all platforms: web-based and broadcast media, video, print, and more. The Department of Public Affairs strives to use crisp, clear, and compelling messages to communicate with all audiences, including elected officials, business leaders, and prospective students, faculty, alumni.


Director of Research and Content Management - Rich Moreno (509-963-2714,

Public Affairs develops content that may be used for any platform, from postcards to brochures and magazines, web pages and videos.  Call us with your stories about remarkable students, interesting research, unique faculty projects, rock-star alumni. We'll create the content once and then find many ways to use it.

Public Affairs is also the university's official liaison with the news media. Before you contact the media or respond to media inquiries, please contact Public Affairs so we can provide you the background on issues at hand, provide current CWU data, and get you the support you need.


Director of Community & Government Relations - Ann Anderson (509-963-2185,

Public Affairs is the official liaison for CWU with local, state, and elected officials for regulatory, budget, and policy matters of all kinds. Before you reach out to that elected official or agency staff person, please call the Public Affairs department so that we may set you up for success. We can help direct you to the right contact and provide critical background about legislative districts, pending policy issues, and current CWU data.


Director of Marketing  - Teri Olin (509-963-1416,

Public Affairs defines the visual identity standards for the university: colors, logos, and more. When you want to promote a program or event, begin here! We'll provide help marketing, advertising, and promoting programs and events, developing and managing paid new media, and photographing activities.


Project Manager - Barb Arnott (509-963-2841,

Public Affairs can help you design the right look for any medium. We can provide assistance with a wide variety of promotional projects for print, online, video, displays, and audio. Schedule an appointment to review your needs and develop appropriate vehicles for your message.


User Experience Manager  - Jonathan Belford (509-963-2952,

Public Affairs sets the web design standards for the university's website. CWU's Drupal content management system can accommodate virtually any need and is easy for users to maintain content. To set up new web pages, change functionality, get training on web maintenance, or resolve a problem please contact Jon Belford.



Video - Chief of Staff/Vice President of Public Affairs, Linda Schactler (509-963-1384)

Audio - Director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, Robert Lowery (509-963-1487)

Public Affairs video production seeks to support enrollment recruitment by producing material that illuminates our tagline: Learn. Do. Live.  We want to appeal to as many people as possible, so production gives priority to short subjects that are visually compelling.

Radio news and public affairs also is a great way for CWU to reach diverse audiences. Public Affairs can help you package information for advertising, news, or public information.

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