Marion Barnes


Director Marketing & Communications, Strategic Communications & Marketing

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Why I chose WOU

I believe in WOU's mission to provide accessible, transformative education to all.

At WOU since



Home improvement, watching sports, listening to podcasts

Fun fact

I owned a wedding cake design company for 22 years.



Favorite book/movie

The Princess Bride

Areas of responsibility

As the director of marketing and communications, I oversee the marketing strategies for Western Oregon University as a whole, particularly around recruitment and retention (AKA enrollment). I also lead the MarCom team that produces content for Today at WOU, our social media platforms, internal communications and external marketing messaging. I take a leadership role in helping all departments, divisions and programs best represent themselves to current students, prospective students and the campus community as a whole.


B.A. in Journalism, University of Oregon

M.S. in Journalism -- Strategic Communication, University of Oregon


Professional experience

After serving 20 years as professional journalist, mostly at daily newspapers, I made the jump to marketing and strategic communications. I worked at multiple agencies as a content strategist and creator before joining WOU as the writer/editor. I earned my master's degree and was promoted to my current title. I also owned a small business for 22 years.

Awards and honors

CappShaw Award for Outstanding Capstone, University of Oregon, 2019

Professional memberships

American Marketing Association

Society of Professional Journalists

Public Relations Society of America

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