About us

Lake LaVerne

Photo by university photographer Christopher Gannon.

What we do

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

Services include:

  • Stories and news releases about innovative research and university people, events and activities
  • Media relations assistance with university information and sources
  • News updates on the ISU homepage and News websites
  • Media training and public relations counsel for the university community
  • Effective marketing that maintains brand consistency and clarity
  • Internal communications, including Inside Iowa State faculty/staff news
  • University photography and videography
  • Social media (@IowaStateU) and central website management


The Office of Strategic Relations and Communications is led by associate vice president for strategic relations and communications Jacy Johnson. Divisions of the office include:

  • Internal Communications: Publishes faculty/staff newspaper (Inside Iowa State) and email (Inside Update), 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
  • Social Media and Web: Manages the primary ISU social media accounts (@IowaStateU) and the central university website, and maintains online events calendar
  • 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@iastate.edu, 515-294-8986

Communications counsel
jacyjohn@iastate.edu, 515-294-5672
bmeyer@iastate.edu, 515-294-0706
news@iastate.edu, 515-294-8986

Story ideas for Inside Iowa State
inside@iastate.edu, 515-294-7065

Submit online announcement
inside@iastate.edu, 515-294-7065

Submit calendar events
calendar@iastate.edu, 515-294-8870

photos@iastate.edu, 515-294-4053

Marketing and branding
umarket@iastate.edu, 515-294-9624