University Relations

Welcome to University Relations

University Relations builds and strengthens the Chowan University community of alumni, parents, friends, and students. Operating under the Office of Development, University Relations manages news stories, publications, promotion, advertising, and brand identity for the University.

Chowan University, grounded in its Christian faith, has been transforming the lives of students of promise for over 170 years. A Christian liberal arts university founded in 1848, Chowan is located in the Historic Inner Banks community of Murfreesboro in northeastern North Carolina. The university is in close proximity to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads Virginia. Chowan’s park-like campus features more than 400 acres including Lake Vann, the beloved “Squirrel Park” and the original McDowell Columns Hall, erected in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Chowan offers over 70 undergraduate academic programs among the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the School of Business, and offers master’s degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Several departments are also individually accredited, such as the Teacher Education Program approved by NCDPI as well as the Music program’s institutional accreditation by NASM. An NCAA Division II member institution, Chowan offers 20 varsity sports, as well as co-ed cheerleading and co-ed esports, and a junior varsity men's basketball team.  Eighteen programs compete in Conference Carolinas and two in the CIAA.

How We Promote Chowan

The University Relations team works with colleagues across campus to assess their communication needs and then determine how best to meet them. The collaborative aspect of our work is critical to its success. We help tell the Chowan story by providing support in the following areas:

  • Press Releases
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Video
  • Radio

Chowan faculty, staff, or students with a story to tell or an event to cover can use our online form to request media coverage. We'll assess the request for potential inclusion as a news article, social media post, photo op, radio spot, or feature story in the alumni magazine. 

Contact Us

University Relations Publications

Read the latest issue of the Chowanoka Magazine for Alumni and Friends, catch up on CCSA and Campus Ministry updates, and view our publications archives.

Brand Standards

The Brand Standards Guide provides general guidelines for the visual and verbal articulation of the Chowan University brand, as well as specific directions for the application of our logo and related elements.

Latest News

View the latest stories about the transformational growth occurring across Chowan's campus and community.

University Relations Contacts

Kim Sherman Bailey
Assistant Vice President for Development, Director of University Relations & Communication

University Relations Interns

Grace Arredondo
Content Writer Intern
Chris Whaley
Graphic Design Intern