University Relations

University Relations, a unit of University Communications and Marketing, informs both internal and external audiences about NC State’s achievements in solution-driven research, interdisciplinary innovation, experiential education and partnerships with business and industry.


News Services develops and markets news articles and story ideas on faculty teaching, research and expertise for dissemination to print, broadcast and electronic media. We use methods including media releases, news tips, pitches to journalists and electronic distribution of stories via the web and social media. Our research blog, The Abstract, covers the innovative and problem-solving research conducted at NC State in a fun and informative way. Our office offers a TV studio and technical support for live or taped broadcast television interviews with NC State experts and administrators. We offer customized media relations training for faculty and staff, including practical advice on working with reporters, one-on-one coaching and advanced on-camera training in the TV studio.

Editorial Services leads efforts to engage key university stakeholders through a variety of media platforms, including publications, websites and e-newsletters. Our team develops news and feature content for both internal and external audiences and provides professional services such as writing, editing and communications counsel to clients across campus.


Fred Hartman
Executive Director of University Relations
Covers administration issues and the Chancellor’s Office. Serves as University Communications and Marketing liaison with campus partners in planning the university’s public relations and media relations objectives.
Office: 919-515-7159
Mobile: 919-417-1899

News Services

Mick Kulikowski
Assistant Director for News and National Media Coordinator
Covers the Provost’s Office, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of Engineering.
Office: 919-515-8387
Mobile: 919-218-5937

D’Lyn Ford
Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Education, the College of Natural Resources and the College of Textiles.
Phone: 919-513-4798

Tracey Peake
Public Communication Specialist
Covers the College of Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate School and the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development.
Phone: 919-515-6142

Mary Cole Pike
Issues Management Lead
Provides communications counsel and support to the university community.
Phone: (919) 515-6235

Matt Shipman
Research Communications Lead
Covers the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Poole College of Management and the College of Engineering. Serves as research communication lead.
Phone: 919-515-6386

Lauren Leslie Barker
Senior Media Relations Strategist
Serves as the liaison between NC State and broadcast media.
Phone: (919) 515-4734

Editorial Services

David Hunt
Director of Editorial Services
Leads efforts to inform and engage key university audiences through targeted news and information channels.
Phone: 919-515-5863

Brent Winter
Senior Editor
Chief copy editor and editorial brand manager. Oversees writing and editing services for campus clients, priority publications, the mass email distribution system and the central university calendar.
Phone: 919-513-3132

Thyrie Bland
Writer and Editor
Edits the university calendar and provides communications support to University Human Resources.
Phone: (919) 515-5896

Tim Peeler
Communication Strategist
Leads strategic initiatives to promote the university’s impact on the state, region and nation. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
Phone: 919-515-6251

Suzanne Stanard
Internal Communications Lead
Spearheads efforts to enhance and support internal communications across the university. Chief editor of the Bulletin, the official news source for faculty and staff.
Phone: (919) 513-3119

Suzanne Wardle
Writer and Editor
Edits and distributes electronic communications to external constituents. Creates news and feature content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
Phone: (919) 515-8126