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Media Relations

UTSA is committed to establishing and nurturing long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial for the university and the news media.

University Strategic Communications manages the university’s engagement with the media. The Chief Communications Officer serves as the university’s official spokesperson and provides institutional statements. The Public Affairs Team proactively shares news with reporters and coordinates campus media visits.

At the same time, University Communications offers faculty and staff subject matter experts to reporters who are working on breaking and trending news stories. Doing so showcases the depth and breadth of UTSA’s knowledge enterprise while providing journalists with valuable information that helps them do their jobs.

The UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures specifies that all offices, departments and programs must coordinate with University Communications regarding media activities and interviews.


Joe Izbrand
Chief Communications Officer/ AVP of Strategic Communications & External Relations
Issues management, strategic messaging and institutional statements

Christi Fish
Senior Executive Director of University Communications
Issues management, strategic messaging and social media strategy

Courtney Clevenger
Associate Director of University Communications
Media relations strategy

Ari Castaneda
Public Affairs Specialist II
Engineering and Integrated Design, and science news/expertise