Heather Barkley, APR, has served as the Director of Communications at Huntington University since March 2013. In this role, she creates and executes the strategic marketing plan for the Northeast Indiana region, supervises the University Relations staff, and oversees the website and social media strategy for the institution. She formerly was the Associate Director of Marketing for Graduate and Professional Programs, and in that position, she purchased advertising, managed marketing budgets, supervised the graduate admissions staff, and assisted with website maintenance. Barkley also has taught in the Professional Studies Programs since 2009.
She came to Huntington University in October 2005 and for four years, she served as the assistant director of public relations in Huntington University’s Office of Public Relations. In that role, she had responsibility for directing the university’s news bureau; writing, editing, and distributing news items and feature stories; editing university publications; and submitting institutional research to several university-ranking organizations. In addition, Barkley has served on the Web Development Team, Marketing Task Force, Crisis Management Team, Commencement Planning Team and Community Enhancement Council. From 2005-2012, she managed the public relations practicum, and in the fall of 2008 and 2011, she taught Introduction to Communication for the Department of Communication. In addition, Barkley advised Lambda Omega, Huntington University’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication studies honor society, from 2008-2010. Barkley and Margi Roush, director of alumni relations, co-founded Breast Cancer Awareness Week on Huntington’s campus in 2006, and they co-organized the event every October for five years.