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Melissa May, MA, APR
UTSA Business Affairs
Director of Communications for Business Affairs

Melissa May, MA, APR is the Director of Communications for Business Affairs.  Drawing on two decades of marketing communication program and project leadership in corporate, nonprofit, agency, and academic sectors, May oversees communication strategic planning and tactical implementation for the Business Affairs Division. She provides oversight, direction, and coordination for the communications, marketing, staff information, and leadership initiatives for the division, which comprises more than 600 employees. 

With more than 20 years of people and project management experience, May has directed a full range of global public relations and marketing communications activities, including branding, positioning, reputation management, community, media, and government relations, corporate social responsibility, media and presentation training, crisis preparedness and communications, website and social media administration, storytelling, event management, presence marketing, and more. 

She came to UTSA from Seton Hall University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate students public relations and marketing communication. She also coordinated the Seton Hall College of Communication and the Arts’ internship program.  Previously she worked in international public health research, leading communications functions at nongovernmental organizations based in New York City and Washington, DC.  Earlier she headed public relations departments for AirTouch Cellular, now Verizon Wireless, in southern California, and Airborne Express, now DHL, in Seattle. 

May earned her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and mass communication from Purdue University and her master’s in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin. May is active in academic, community, charitable, and professional organizations, including leadership roles in the Public Relations Society of America, Toastmasters, Berks Jazz Festival, and Berks Sustainability Festival. She serves as professional adviser to the UTSA PRSSA chapter and is on the board of the San Antonio chapter of PRSA. May is an active member of the UTSA Sustainability Council and Tree Committee.