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University Public Affairs helps Virginia Commonwealth University communicate with the general public by working with news media regionally, nationally and internationally, and by providing other communications services.

We are a 24-hour operation. For news emergencies after hours, page us at (804) 759-7675. During normal business hours, call our main line at (804) 828-1231 or contact any of the individual staff members listed below.

University Public Affairs

  • Grace Street Center
  • 912 West Grace Street
  • Box 842041
  • Richmond, Virginia 23284-2041
  • Phone: (804) 828-1231
  • Fax: (804) 828-2018
  • Email: vcunews@vcu.edu

Staff

For media inquiries, contact one of the University Public Affairs staff members below. The news topics they are responsible for are included with their listing.

Michael R. Porter, APR
  • Michael R. Porter, APR
  • Associate vice president for public affairs
  • Phone: (804) 828-7037
  • Division of Community Engagement, Division of Student Affairs, Division for Inclusive Excellence
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Corey Byers
  • Corey Byers
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-3907
  • VCU Police
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Photo of Leha Byrd
  • Leha Byrd
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-7028
  • Hume-Lee Transplant Center, women’s health/OBGYN, physical medicine and rehabilitation
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Carrie Carroll
  • Carrie Carroll
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Phone: (804) 827-0890
  • TelegRAM; CHoR; Sports Medicine; Physical Therapy; Orthopaedic Surgery; Virginia Poison Center
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Anne Dreyfuss
  • Anne Dreyfuss
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-7701
  • School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy
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Tom Gresham
  • Tom Gresham
  • Assistant director of news operations
  • Phone: (804) 828-6051
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James Irwin
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Pat Kane
  • Pat Kane
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Phone: (804) 828-2217
  • Office of Sustainability, general assignment
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Brian McNeill
  • Brian McNeill
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 827-0889
  • College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Business Services, School of Social Work, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, School of Education, VCU Libraries
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Leah Small
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Leila Ugincius
  • Leila Ugincius
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-2725
  • School of the Arts, School of Business, School of Engineering, Facilities Management, VCU Brandcenter, Parking and Transportation, intern program, FOIA coordinator
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Other public relations contacts

These staff members are responsible for public relations in specialized areas at VCU.

Additional University Public Affairs staff

Jennifer Carmean
  • Jennifer Carmean
  • Director of communications for university initiatives
  • Phone: (804) 828-4645
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Elinor Frisa
  • Elinor Frisa
  • VCU home page manager
  • Phone: (804) 827-2802
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Daryl Grove
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Tristana Nesvig Trani
  • Tristana Nesvig Trani
  • Assistant director of social strategy and integration
  • Phone: (804) 828-3043
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Megan Schmidt
  • Megan Schmidt
  • Social media coordinator
  • Phone: (804) 827-0218
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