The emergence of the chief marketing officer as a strategic leadership role in higher education has been well chronicled. According to a 2014 study, approximately half of CMOs report directly to the institution’s president (or chancellor), and nearly 60 percent serve on the president’s cabinet or leadership team. That still leaves a significant percentage of marketing departments that sit elsewhere within the organization, and a variety of models exist. In this episode, two senior-level marketing leaders will take a deep dive into the structures of communications and marketing departments. Whether the scenario is starting a new department or restructuring an existing one, they will explore all of the key considerations – including levels of centralization and relationships with admissions and advancement – and offer suggestions.


Marketing Live is sponsored by PRSA’s Counselors to Higher Education

Episode Host

Rob Zinkan

Rob Zinkan

Rob Zinkan has been with Indiana University for 16 years and is currently in a system-wide role as associate vice president for marketing, where he works to develop, deploy, and champion the university’s brand strategy; leads Indiana University’s full-service internal marketing agency; and serves as marketing liaison to IU’s two core campuses’ (IU Bloomington and IUPUI) leadership and marketing community. Previously, he worked at the campus level as vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University East and assistant dean for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Rob earned his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, master's from Xavier University, and doctorate from Creighton University. He serves on the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing, contributes to Inside Higher Ed's Call to Action blog, and serves on the conference committee for the AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education.


Kyle Henley

Kyle Henley is vice president for university communications at the University of Oregon. A veteran strategist and communications leader, Kyle came Oregon in September 2015. He is charged with communicating the university’s academic excellence to a broader audience, sharing stories of research and faculty achievement with the world.

Kyle joined UO from Colorado State University, where he was assistant vice president for strategic communications. He was an award-winning journalist for more than a decade before moving into public relations and communications, with experience in both the corporate world and agency environment. Follow Kyle on Twitter, @jkhenley.


Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell is vice president of marketing and communications at Chatham University. The 2015 AMA Higher Education Marketer of the Year (Innovator Award), he provides strategic leadership and oversees all aspects of the university’s branding, marketing, and communications activities in support of enrollment, fundraising, alumni engagement, and other institutional priorities. He joined Chatham in 2012 and has played a lead role in Chatham’s transition to coed in its undergraduate women’s college.

Prior to Chatham, Bill worked for more than a decade at Clean Design, a brand and design agency in Raleigh, N.C. in a variety of positions, culminating in his role as vice president and brand strategy director. He began his career in the nonprofit sector at the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Find Bill on Twitter, @billcamps.