University Marketing and Communications


University Marketing and Communications is a community of passionate storytellers and creative professionals driven to capture, share and distribute the enduring experiences created on our campuses every day. We strive to align, engage, inspire, and connect the University of Mississippi with all stakeholders who know or seek to know Ole Miss.

We are Ole Miss

Our teams exist to tell the story of the University of Mississippi. Learn more about each of our four departments: Marketing & Brand Strategy, Creative Services, News & Media Relations, and Strategic Communications.
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Students and others dance during RebelTHON

Creative Services

Creativity is our passion. And we design with the end in mind — no matter the media.

Design with us
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Freshman class storms the field at Rebel Run

Marketing & Brand Strategy

From initiating new photo or video projects to social and web content, we can advise you on how best to project our brand.

Learn More
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A student shows off her new First Generation student sticker

News & Media Relations

The News & Media Relations teams serves as the liaison between campus partners and a wide range of broadcast, print and digital media outlets at the local, state and national level.

How We Work
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A student works on a project in a lab on campus

Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications oversees executive communications, internal communications, special projects and the UM Communicators Network.

See examples of our work

Our Commitment to Inclusion

University Marketing & Communications aspires to deliver excellence through the work of our storytellers and creative professionals who specialize in producing, sharing and elevating our university’s narrative. We uphold the university’s mission of inspiring and educating our diverse and vibrant community by producing content that reflects all segments of the university’s multicultural environment and shares a comprehensive, authentic view of a campus community where all individuals are able to intellectually, socially and culturally thrive through transformative experiences on our campus and beyond.


With more than 100 combined years of communications and marketing experience, our leadership team is here to help.
Jim Zook

Jim Zook

  • Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
Ryan Whittington

Ryan Whittington

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Marketing
Hilarie Bain

Hilarie Bain

  • Director of Printing & Creative Services
Jacob Batte

Jacob Batte

  • News/Media Relations Director
Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

  • Strategic Communications Director