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Karen Barnes
Director of Communications & Marketing
office: 434-924-6939

Audrey Breen
Communications & Public Relations Officer
office: 434.924.0809
cell: 434.242.5291

Lynn Bell
Director of Alumni Relations
& Foundation Communications
Curry School Foundation
office: 434.924.3450

John Rhea
Webmaster & Designer
office: 434.243.1961

Office of Communications & Marketing

The Office of Communications & Marketing shares the important story of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Curry School of Education.  Our goal is to enhance the academic reputation of the Curry School globally by sharing the superb work being done at our institution, and encourage students to choose the Curry School as the place to earn their education degree.

Another significant focus is to connect the innovative thought leadership created by our faculty, staff and alumni with those who could benefit from it, bringing positive change to individuals, classrooms, clinics and communities world-wide.

We are marketing and communications professionals, content creators, public relations specialists, designers, writers, photographers, social media strategists, and more. We ensure that the Curry School's story reflects the overall excellence of the University of Virginia.


In partnership with the dean, the Leadership Team, faculty members and other constituents, the Office of Communication creates long-term branding campaigns in correlation with the greater University of Virginia brand.  We create and produce materials for student and faculty recruitment, advertising and marketing.  We also manage the relationships between the core Curry brands and sub-brands including the research and clinical centers, on- and off-site community programs, and professional development workshops and conferences.  

Through a variety of marketing strategies, the Office of Communications & Marketing works to promote and position the Curry School as a leader in providing top-tier education for students. Marketing efforts include advertising, PR, events, social media, and more.  We create and produce materials for student and faculty recruitment, alumni relations, and donor relations.

In partnership with the Office of Admissions, we work to create communication strategies, events, websites and other materials for recruiting undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of the Curry School.  We also work with the Office of the Dean, the Leadership Team, and Human Resources to create materials useful in the recruitment of faculty and researchers to the school.

Media Relations
The Office of Communication distributes to the media news about the various academic programs, research, faculty, students, alumni, workshops and conferences, and other events and initiatives at the Curry School. We also receive inquiries from media outlets seeking to connect with a faculty who can serve as an expert for their article or television segment.

The Curry School of Education website was created under and is managed by the Office of Communication.  We work with a team of content editors located in multiple offices throughout the Curry School. 

Video / Photography / Design
The Office of Communications & Marketing works to document special events, workshops, conferences and other programs with photos and video as appropriate.  Videos and other multimedia presentations are produced by this office, as are design elements to support the Curry brand.

Alumni Relations
The Curry School has a wide array of means to engage the thousands of its alumni.  The online Curry magazine and alumni newsletters keep our alumni informed of what is going at their alma mater. Alumni are invited to engage with the Curry School through the Alumni portal, the Curry School Facebook page, and events taking place both on Grounds and around the nation.

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