The University of Arizona

Teri Lucie Thompson Elected to APLU Strategic Communications Council

University Communications | November 24, 2013

As a member of the APLU Council for Strategic Communications and Advancement Executive Committee, UA's Teri Lucie Thompson will aggressively advocate for the achievements of public research, land-grant and urban universities to the nation.

Teri Lucie Thompson
Teri Lucie Thompson

Teri Lucie Thompson, senior vice president for University Relations and chief marketing officer at the University of Arizona, has been elected to serve on a national committee charged with communicating the achievements and contributions of public research, land-grant and urban universities to the nation.

Effective Jan. 1, Thompson will join the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council for Strategic Communications and Advancement.

APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and related organizations. Its 10 councils assist the association in areas ranging from engagement and outreach to research policy and graduate education.

"Within the council, the executive committee brings together 15 senior communication leaders from our member institutions to help with programming for the council overall and within the committee," said Jeff Lieberson, APLU's vice president for public affairs. "We value Teri's expertise and strong background and we are excited about having her as an active member within the committee and the council."

Thompson has been nationally recognized for marketing and communications leadership. She was the American Marketing Association's Higher Education Marketer of the Year Award in 2012 and was inducted this fall into the Illinois State University College of Education Alumni Hall of Fame.

Before joining the UA, Thompson served as vice president of marketing and media and chief marketing officer at Purdue University. She also is the author of "Tuning into Mom: Understanding America's Most Powerful Consumer."