Office of Public Affairs

Bronze Jayhawk statue outside Strong Hall in fall

About the Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs advances university priorities through strategic communication and engagement with key internal and external audiences.


Strong Hall with tulips blooming in spring

Strategic Communications

The Strategic Communications unit provides executive-level communications, issues management and scanning, and coordination with external partners.
Bus reading "Rock Chalk" passes by two seated students outside Strong Hall


The Marketing office serves as KU's advertising agency, specializing in brand management and strategic communications.

Office of Public Affairs

The Chi Omega Fountain in spring on the KU campus

News and Media Relations

This unit informs the public of KU's role as one of the country's most highly regarded research universities.
Closeup of a bronze Jayhawk statue, focusing on an eyes and mouth

University Ceremonies and Special Events

The Office of University Ceremonies and Special Events hosts signature events.
Aerial view of the KU Campanile and surrounding campus in fall

Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Public Radio provides radio broadcast programming across Kansas and northwest Missouri.


Taking precautions during cold weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting extremely cold weather for the coming days, with temperatures staying below freezing and lows at or below zero degrees. With this in mind, please plan accordingly and take precautions when coming to and from campus.

Reminder to vote in November 8 general election

As a leading public research university, the University of Kansas is committed to encouraging members of our community to participate in elections. With this in mind, we are writing to remind you of tomorrow’s general election in the state of Kansas.

Register to vote for the general election in Kansas by Oct. 18

As a leading research university, the University of Kansas is committed to ensuring that members of our community are able to exercise their right to vote and participate in elections. The upcoming Nov. 8 general election in Kansas is another opportunity to foster this kind of civic engagement.…

Voter registration deadline for primary election is Tuesday, July 12

Voting is one of our most fundamental responsibilities as citizens, and as a leading research university, part of KU’s mission is to foster civic engagement. The upcoming Aug. 2 primary election is an excellent opportunity to model that kind of democratic participation.

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

Karla Leeper serves as the university's Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, she oversees all messaging to advance KU’s interests at the local, state and national levels, and has responsibility for marketing, branding, internal and external communications and message integration across all KU campuses, affiliates and partners.
Karla Leeper