Brigham Young University. University Communications

University Communications was established in 1997. Directors for University Communications included Carri P. Jenkins (1997-). Lee Bartlett served as an assistant vice-president to the University President from 1997-2000, after which Carri P. Jenkins took over that title as well.

Variant Names



Established: 1997

Location: Provo, Utah (1997-)


University Communications is responsible for the production of high-quality media resources, speaking directly to and supporting others who speak with the media as the University Spokesperson, providing advisement to the President, administration and campus executives, developing and managing the development of positive and effective relationships with members of the local, state and national media; handling conflict and crisis situations that could or do result in media attention; ensuring that the administration hears and understands what essential publics and the news media have to say about the university, as well as provide strategic planning for the administration and other university entities; coordinating media needs during major campus events; consultation on editorial matters for University Publications; handling of critical communication needs in the event of an emergency. Offices under University Communications include Campus News Manager, Web Communications, University Photography, Info and Media Relations, and Broadcast Media Production. University Communications also publishes Y News, the faculty newsletter.

Assets and Administrative Structure

University Communications was run by a director until 1997 when the position of Assistant to the President for University Communications was created. From 1997, University Communications reported to the President as well as the Advancement Vice-President. From 2000-2006, the Assistant to the President for University Communications was not on the president's council; in 2006, the position was readmitted to the President's Council. Currently University Communications reports dually to the President of Brigham Young University as well as to the Office of the Vice-President of Advancement.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. President's Council (1997-2000) (2006- )

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1997-)

Associated unit: Brigham Young University. Dept. of Communications (1978-1997)

Associated unit: KBYU-FM (1997-)

Associated unit: KBYU-TV (1997-)

Associated unit: Daily Universe (1997-)

Associated unit: Brigham Young University. University Relations Division (1997-1999)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Public Communications (1997)


Email with Todd Hollingshead, May 13, 2011 (University Communications department history)

Phone call to Mark Philbrick, June 6, 2011 (role of University Communications within university)

Phone call to Carri Jenkins, May 25, 2011 (functions of University Communications; administrative organization)

Email with Jena Green, May 26, 2011 (directors of University Communications)

University Organizational Chart (organization of University Communications within university)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2011-00109

Creator: ARC