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Marketing and Communications

The Department of Marketing and Communications is the central clearinghouse for news, information and marketing for and about the University of Rhode Island. It is part of the University's Communications and Community Relations Department. This department includes the following staff members with their areas of expertise:


Linda AccairdoDirector Linda A. Acciardo leads all aspects of URI's strategic communication and marketing. She directs the University's media relations, public relations, crisis communication, marketing, social media and web communication, advertising, internal communications, and university branding.
Contact: or 401-874-2116.

Department Support

Nancy GillespieNancy Gillespie
Office Manager
Judy Smith
Office Support Staff

Public Relations & Internal Communication

Dave LavalleeDave Lavallee
Assistant Director
Todd McLeishTodd McLeish
Public Information Officer, Manager, Speakers Bureau. He focuses on research and news about Oceanography, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and University-wide innovations.

Elizabeth Rau
Writer, with a focus on stories from the students and faculty in the colleges of Human Science and Services, and Arts and Sciences.
Jhodi RedlichJhodi R. Redlich
Public Information Officer, Internal Communication manager
Focus on administrative news and announcements, crisis communication, public relations, and website support.

Marketing and Social Media

Shelbey BidellShelbey Bidell
Social Media Coordinator

Videography, Streaming and New Media

Betty-Jo Cugini Greene
Betty-Jo Cugini
New Media Supervisor
Randy StevensonRandy Stevenson
Videographer, streaming live events to URI Live!

Web Communications

Sarah CouchSarah Couch
Web Editor
 Nicki Toler
Staff Writer, Web Editor
Nicki Toler