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Public Affairs

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The mission of the Department of Public Affairs is to tell 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 coordinates and sets standards for communication with external audiences on behalf of the university. Our goal is to ensure the highest standards of communication across all platforms: web-based media, video, print, and more. The Department of Public Affairs strives to use crisp, clear, and compelling messages to communicate with all audiences: elected officials, business leaders, prospective and current students, faculty, alumni, and more.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT | MEDIA RELATIONS |  VIDEO PRODUCTION | RESEARCH - Director of Research and Content Management Linda Schactler: (509-963-1384,

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 let the world know.

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.

* For data and reports about Central Washington University, please click here.
* For summaries of key programs and issues, please look here.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - 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.

NEW MEDIA, GRAPHICS PRODUCTION, AND PHOTOGRAPHY - Director of New Media and Graphic Design - 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 promoting programs and events, developing and managing new media, including Facebook and Twitter; photographing activities; designing the right look for any medium.

UNIVERSITY WEBSITE - Director of Web Services Jesse Days (509-963-2810,

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 the web staff.