About us

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Photo by university photographer Christopher Gannon.

What we do

The Office of University Relations was renamed the Office of Strategic Relations and Communications in July 2019 to develop a strategic, integrated approach to institutional communications, public relations and marketing.

Services include:

  • Stories and releases about breakthrough research and university people, events and activities
  • Assisting media in covering the university
  • Online news updates on the ISU homepage and News websites
  • Media training and public relations counsel to the university community
  • Effective marketing that maintains brand consistency and clarity
  • Publishing the faculty-staff newspaper, Inside Iowa State
  • University photography and videography
  • Social media (@IowaStateU)


The Office of Strategic Relations and Communications is led by interim executive director Jacy Johnson. Divisions of the office include:

  • Internal Communications: Publishes faculty/staff newspaper (Inside Iowa State) and email (Inside Update); manages top levels of university website; maintains online events calendar; and posts faculty/staff and student announcements
  • News Service: Coordinates media relations, disseminates news
  • Photography: Provides on-location and studio shots for members of the university community
  • University Marketing: Provides marketing tools to leverage the Iowa State brand
  • Videography: Produces original video content about university news, activities and events

Who to contact

Media inquiries
News Service, 515-294-8986

Communications counsel
Executive director, 515-294-6137 or 515-294-5672
News Service, 515-294-8986

Story ideas for Inside Iowa State
Inside, 515-294-7065

Post online announcement
Inside, 515-294-7065

Post calendar items
Calendar, 515-294-8870

Photos, 515-294-4053

Marketing and branding
University Marketing, 515-294-9624