As UMaine’s chief marketing and communications officer, Meredith Whitfield directs the Division of Marketing and Communications, which has institutional responsibilities for both UMaine and the University of Maine at Machias. She serves as the UMaine and UMaine Machias public information officer and spokesperson, and the primary communications liaison with the University of Maine System.
Whitfield has been a member of the UMaine community since October 2021. Among her multiple responsibilities as chief of staff and a member of the President’s Cabinet, Whitfield has been responsible for drafting key institutional communications, advancing engagement with university constituents on and off campus, guiding and supporting strategic initiatives, and assisting in establishing UMaine’s reputation and relationship with the external community.
For more than 15 years, she has served in executive support roles, and external and government relations administration in higher education.
Prior to coming to Maine, Whitfield was deputy chief of staff and director of external relations at Western Carolina University, and special assistant for federal relations and research at Appalachian State University.
Her career includes legislative assistant experience in two congressional offices, and as an associate lobbyist. Whitfield holds an MBA from Appalachian State University.