Media Relations


Media Call Policy

Wingate University wishes to maintain a positive relationship with the media and encourages the media to visit and contact the university when working on a news story.

Members of the media are requested to schedule interviews or campus visits through the Office of Marketing and Communications by contacting Kristen Johnson Yost at (704) 774- 9361. You also email her at Members of the media covering athletics may contact Sports Information at (704) 233-8186.

News releases written by faculty, staff or students on behalf of Wingate University must be cleared through the Marketing and Communications Office or Office of Sports Information. News releases will be distributed to the appropriate media and posted on the home page of the website.

Campus Emails

Campus-wide E-mails

E-mail messages for campus-wide distribution may be sent to the Office of Marketing and Communications for distribution. Messages to students only may be sent to Brandy Shott. Messages for faculty/staff only may be sent to Tela Witherspoon.

E-WINFO is a weekly electronic newsletter established to minimize the volume of individual e-mail messages and enhance internal communication on campus. The newsletter is distributed at noon every Monday. News items must be submitted to Luanne Williams by 10 a.m. Friday morning. 


Executive Director of Digital Content/University Spokesperson

Kristen Johnson Yost
Phone: 704-774-9361

Contact for:

  • WUTV
  • Website
  • Video/Photo Requests
  • News Media
  • Press Releases
  • Crisis Communications

Director of Content Development

Luanne Williams
Phone: 704-233-8117

Contact for:

  • Story ideas
  • Press Releases
  • eWinfo
  • Outcomes data

Graphic Design & Branding

David Storey
Phone: 704-233-8120

Contact for:

  • Branding
  • Content design
  • Branding Guideline Questions
  • Ad Team Requests
  • Educational Instruction

Social Media

Junior Nyemb
Phone: 704-233-8655 

Contact for:

  • Social media posts
  • Brand strategy
  • Bulldog Poll
  • Social Media Ambassadors

Managing Editor

Chuck Gordon
Phone: 704-233-6647 

Contact for:

  • Wingate Today magazine
  • Alumni news
  • Story ideas
  • Press Releases
  • Crisis Communications

About Us


The Office of Marketing and Communications provides Wingate University “clients” strategic marketing and advertising solutions from the consulting end through the creative process and final production of communications materials.

Our goal is to enhance the consistency and visibility of the university name and image as well as support the university’s strategic plan by delivering consistent, high quality messages that achieve results.

The Office of Marketing and Communications offers assistance and guidance with communications materials for internal and external audiences. Services include website content management and design, internal communications, media relations and event publicity, marketing for academic programs and accomplishments, crisis communications planning and response, photography, community relations and more.

Speakers Bureau

Our Speakers Bureau includes experts on a wide range of topics, from youth sport to eastern European politics.

The Wingate University Speakers Bureau roster represents a cross-section of our faculty. They are passionate researchers and dynamic presenters, and they are available to speak at your next event. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

Business and Economics

Dr. Sergio Castello, Assistant Dean of Byrum School of Business, Associate Professor

  • Globalization and trade

Dr. Dennis Harlow, Jr., Associate Professor of Management

  • Strategies for export, small business and growth
  • Business planning for small- and medium-sized businesses
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Cross-cultural business
  • Entrepreneurship

Dr. Debbi Brock, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing

  • Social entrepreneurship: Empowering students to affect social change
  • Marketing your Small Business
  • Developing a Promotional Campaign for a Business Venture
  • How sustainable development can change the world

Dr. Magdalena Krajewska, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • U.S. economy

College Life and Culture

Dr. Michael (Mick) Reynolds, Dean of Campus Life

  • Title IX
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Residence life

Culture and Society

Dr. Nancy Randall, Vice Provost for Student Engagement, Professor of Sociology and Human Services

  • Ethnicity and social distance; social media, social networking

Dr. Aaron Culley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Services

  • Gender inequality
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Poverty and social inequality
  • Race, history of race relations in the U.S.
  • Religion and its role in society

Dr. Abannik Hino, Associate Professor of History

  • African and Islamic history

Mrs. Amee Odom, Director of the Library

  • North Carolina is My Home – A Librarian’s Literary Sampler
  • The History of Wingate University


Dr. Charlesa A. Hann, Assistant Dean of the Thayer School of Education, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Adult Bachelor's Degree Program

Dr. Suzanne Hiller, Director of Graduate Education


Legal Issues

Dr. Jacob Wobig, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Constitutional law
  • International law

Medicine / Physical Health

Dr. Robert Supernaw, Interim Provost, Former Vice Provost of Levine College of Health Sciences, Professor of Pharmacy

  • Headaches
  • Malpractice
  • Pain management

Dr. Kurt Wargo, Regional Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy

  • Infectious diseases
  • Pharmacy as a profession

Dr. Samir Kouzi, Professor of Pharmacy

  • Antimicrobial therapy
  • Drug metabolism

Dr. Lisa Smith, Director of Advanced Practice Experience, Associate Professor of Pharmacy

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Geriatric depression
  • Hormone-replacement therapy
  • Osteoporosis

Dr. Bob Webb, Regional Medical Director, WU-Hendersonville

  • Primary care, family medicine

Dr. Krista Wilson, Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • Opioids
  • Obesity
  • Drug design

Dr. Diane Wrisley, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

  • Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Dizziness, balance disorders, fall prevention

Dr. Patrick Young, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Exercise and health

Dr. Michelle Chaplin, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

  • Opioids and substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Mr. Taylor Fischer, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Urgent care

Dr. Donald Nuzum, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Pulmonary

Dr. Treavor Riley, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

  • Infectious diseases
  • Critically ill patients

Dr. Shawn Taylor, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Obesity


Dr. Nancy Randall, Vice Provost for Student Engagement, Professor of Sociology and Human Services

  • Mexico

Dr. Brian Odom, Associate Professor of Biology

  • Costa Rica
  • Route 66 in its 75th Year

Dr. Lisa Brennan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

  • Living and working internationally

Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, Director of International Studies

  • International travel
  • Japan

Politics / Public Policy Issues

Dr. Joseph M. Ellis, Associate Professor of Political Science

  • American politics, international relations and political theory
  • Eastern European politics and economics with an emphasis on tax policy
  • Terrorism

Dr. Magdalena Krajewska, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Terrorism, homeland security
  • Immigration and citizenship
  • Identification documents, identification policies
  • U.S. politics, public policy
  • European Union, British politics, German politics, Polish politics

Dr. Jacob Wobig, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • American politics

Psychology / Mental Health

Dr. Jay Wilder, Psychology Department Chair, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Mental health and diagnoses
  • Psychotherapy and counseling

Dr. Dan McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Sport Sciences

  • Sport / performance psychology

Dr. Brittany Vickery, Associate Professor of Pharmacy

  • Mental health issues

Dr. Patrick Young, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Sport psychology


Rev. Dane Jordan, Minister to Students

  • The church
  • Generational issues
  • Importance of Christian higher education

Dr. James Hastings, Associate Professor of Asian and World History

  • Religions of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism

Dr. Mark Roncace, Associate Professor of Religion

  • Biblical passages from people around the world
  • Teaching the Bible as a guide for classroom instruction
  • Teaching the Bible using popular culture and the arts

Sport Industry

Dr. Travis Teague, Dean, College of Professional Studies

  • Motorsports
  • Risk management in sport
  • Sponsorship and new business development

Dr. Dan McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Sport Sciences

  • Coaching education, sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership
  • Health education
  • Physical education
  • Youth sports instruction
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