The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for communicating and connecting with the State System’s internal and external stakeholders through three major functions: media relations, governmental relations, and communications. Public Affairs connects with members of the media, elected and appointed government officials, community/business leaders, and the public to convey the value of Pennsylvania's public universities. Public Affairs also coordinates with the public affairs staff at the universities to maximize the impact of outreach efforts at both the local and statewide levels.
Kenn Marshall, Media Relations Manager
Kenn serves as the primary spokesman for the State System, including the Office of the Chancellor and Board of Governors. He maintains a working relationship with members of local, regional, state and national news media, responding to inquiries and promoting the State System via news releases and other written and verbal communications. As a member of the chancellor’s senior staff, he is responsible for developing and implementing communications plans involving systemwide issues. Kenn also serves as liaison to the university public relations officers and as the State System’s open records officer.
Jennifer Hoover, Director of Governmental Relations
In this position, Jennifer Hoover, serves as the primary advisor to the Chancellor, Presidents and other senior State System leaders concerning governmental relations. This position provides leadership, direction, management, and administration of governmental relations activities and programs conveying a consistent message in support of the State System’s mission, strategic goals, and objectives. Jennifer maintains a working relationship with key leaders and staff of the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, and the executive agencies in support of the State System.
Alicia Brumbach, Director of Communications and Social Media
Alicia Brumbach serves the primary communications contact in the Office of the Chancellor concerning the State System’s website, social media, and other related communications efforts. This position also collaborates with the communications teams at the 14 universities and uses communications tools to educate elected officials, community leaders, media professionals, Pennsylvania residents, and all stakeholders on the value of the 14 universities, as well as inform prospective students and parents about the opportunities at State System universities.
Diane Haas, Web and Graphics Coordinator
As part of the Public Affairs group, Diane is instrumental in the creation of print and digital communications, promoting a wide variety of State System initiatives and programs. She works with State System staff and partners within the 14 System universities and state government, providing graphic and web design support.