Marie Williams, a seasoned communications director and strategist with more than two decades of experience, will become the new Vice Chancellor of Communications at the University of Colorado in Denver, announced Chancellor Michelle A. Marks today.

Williams has held senior public and higher education roles, most recently as vice president of marketing and communications at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. At CU Denver, Williams will lead the university communications team of 18 responsible for external and internal communications, media relations, marketing, branding, social media, and web development. It will start on January 25th at CU Denver.

Marie Williams will lead the university communications team of 18 responsible for external and internal communications, media relations, marketing, branding strategy, social media and web development.

“Marie rose to the top in a very strong pool of candidates,” said Marks. “Her experience of evolving the Saint Joseph’s brand to align with the university’s new strategic plan enables her to lead communications efforts at Denver University as we begin our own strategic planning process. We stand ready to build our university’s reputation not just here in Colorado, but nationally and beyond. Marie and her team will make a significant contribution to this goal. “

Williams began her PR career as an editor at the University of Pennsylvania (her alma mater) and Temple University. For the next six years, she worked in the private sector in communications and marketing roles for companies in Pennsylvania including PECO Energy and The Pep Boys. From 2007-18, Williams held leadership training practices at two New York-based public relations agencies, including senior managing directors at RF | Binder Partners and Senior Vice President at Edelman served. Most recently, at Saint Joseph’s, she transformed the marketing and communications office into an in-house creative and strategic consultancy that improved the university’s visibility and reputation.

“I am excited to join CU Denver,” said Williams. “I was drawn to the university’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, equity and racial justice, first generation college students, and the city of Denver. I look forward to contributing to the institution’s upcoming strategic planning process and helping to define and promote its proud identity as a top urban research university. “

Marks thanked the Vice Chancellor Search Committee, chaired by Dean Pamela Jansma of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Gabriel Castaño. Karen Klimczak, who served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Communications since last summer, will return to her role as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Branding Strategy.