Maureen Brakke named Director of Marketing and Communications

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University President, Dr. Jesse Peters, recently named Maureen Brakke as the university’s Director of Marketing and Communications, effective July 31st.

“Not only does she have the experience and skills to immediately have a strong and positive impact on our initiatives, but she will also be a collaborative partner as our university moves in new and exciting directions,” said Peters.

Maureen brings a breadth of experience in public higher education marketing and strategic communications to Western. In her most recent role, she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Montana State University Billings where she led rebranding, crisis communications, and digital campaigns that positively impacted student enrollment and retention. Prior to that, she was a Communications Specialist for the Utah System of Higher Education and the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center. She also currently serves as a board member and social media director for the Public Relations Society of America, Montana Chapter.

“I am thrilled to become a part of the vibrant tapestry that is Western Oregon University. With great anticipation, I embrace the opportunity to advance WOU’s mission and vision, and elevate the institution, shedding light on the exceptional students, accomplished alumni, esteemed faculty and staff, and the remarkable achievements that underscore the university’s excellence,” said Brakke.

Maureen Brakke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from DePaul University.

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