Chancellor Doug Kristensen

University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen today announced the appointment of Kelly H. Bartling to the position of assistant vice chancellor for communications and community relations.

Since 1999, Bartling has worked in the Office of Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as news director (2005-present), and senior news writer and national news editor (1999-2005). She also served as director of national news media for the office of the vice president for external affairs from 2003-2005. Before joining UNL, she was managing editor for the York News-Times, news editor for the Kearney Hub, and a reporter for the Lincoln Star and Beatrice Daily Sun.

“Kelly has extensive and impressive experience in all facets of communications, and with local, state and national media,” said Chancellor Kristensen. “Her experience and keen understanding of the NU system, combined with her passion for UNK and Central Nebraska, make her a tremendous asset for our institution.”

A native of York, Bartling attended UNK/Kearney State College before completing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UNL. She also holds a master of arts in marketing, communication and advertising from the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and has taught courses at UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan University in public relations, social media, media relations and crisis communication. Her first day at UNK will be Feb. 15.