Deedie Dowdle Named VP for Marketing and Communications; Admission Adds New Financial Aid Director; Mellasenah Morris to Lead School of Music

Deedie Dowdle Named VP for Marketing and Communications; Admission Adds New Financial Aid Director; Mellasenah Morris to Lead School of Music

July 10, 2017

Deedie Dowdle, VPCMDeedie Dowdle has been named vice president of marketing and communications at DePauw University, effective September 3. Currently associate vice president for university communications and marketing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Dowdle previously worked at Auburn University as well as Kennesaw State University and has more than 30 years experience in marketing and communications in higher education, agencies, and private and public sector organizations.

Dowdle holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama and master's in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. She has experience leading teams in branding, strategic planning, integrated marketing, public and media relations, advertising, web management, video production and crisis communications. 

"The addition of Deedie to the leadership team is key for moving DePauw into the 21st century in marketing and communications," said DePauw President D. Mark McCoy. "She has a very successful track record and will provide significant leadership to the communications strategy for the University as a whole. I'm thrilled to welcome her to the team."

In an expanded role within the marketing and communications division, Ken Owen '82 will continue to oversee DePauw's media relations efforts and serve as spokesman for the University, as well as coordinate the Ubben Lecture Series and Monon Bell telecast as special adviser to the president.

Elreo CampbellDePauw has also named a new financial aid director, Elreo "Reo" Campbell, reporting to Bobby Andrews, vice president for enrollment management. Campbell most recently served as director of financial aid and associate dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby College before joining DePauw on July 3. He worked at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., from 2011 through 2015, most recently as dean of student financial services and was senior director of financial aid at Valley Forge Military College in Pennsylvania between his Drexel and Newbury posts. Campbell earned an associate’s degree at Community College of Philadelphia in 2000, a B.S. degree at Drexel in 2003, and an M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix in 2010.

Dr. MorrisMellasenah Morris has also been appointed as interim dean of the DePauw School of Music. Dr. Morris recently retired as dean of the Peabody Conservatory and will be joining DePauw on August 1. Along with a varied performing career, Dr. Morris has held several academic appointments, including assistant dean for academic affairs at Peabody, dean of the School of Music and professor of piano at Alabama State University, and director of the School of Music and professor of piano at both James Madison University and at the Ohio State University. 

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