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Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-2103 University Communications ADM 201 , Box 198


Adrienne Nobles, APR, brings more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications to her role as Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma. She previously served as the Assistant Vice President for University Communications, managing the news bureau, serving as a media liaison and spokesperson, and directing the creative development of advertising, marketing and branding initiatives. Her work has earned numerous state and regional honors, including the 2015 Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year award from the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association. She also serves the university as an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department. Her past experience includes public relations and marketing work for the UCO Foundation, Central's College of Arts, Media and Design (now Fine Arts and Design), and TAParchitecture. A graduate of Western Kentucky University's School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Adrienne also worked in radio and television broadcasting as an anchor, reporter, and producer in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from UCO. Adrienne is an active community volunteer, having served in various capacities for the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity, Edmond Mobile Meals, the Oklahoma City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OKC Museum of Art, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, Arts Council of OKC, deadCenter Film Festival, among others. She also is a commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission for Community Service. She was named the 2015 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Oklahoma Chapter, raising more than $37,000 to support treatment and research for blood cancers, and is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Signature Class 36. 

Education and Certifications

University of Central Oklahoma

Master of Public Administration, with honors 

Western Kentucky University

Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude

Major: Broadcast Journalism, Minor: Government

Accredited Public Relations Professional (APR)


VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, January 2020-Present, University of Central Oklahoma

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS, August 2012-December 2019, UCO Office of University Communications;

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING, February 2008-August 2012, UCO Office of University Communications;

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, January 2015-Present, University of Central Oklahoma

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING, October 2006-February 2008, University of Central Oklahoma Foundation

MARKETING DIRECTOR, November 2005-October 2006, TAP Architecture, Oklahoma City, OK

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR, September 2001-October 2005, University of Central Oklahoma College of Arts, Media and Design

REPORTER/FILL-IN ANCHOR/PRODUCER, March 1999-July 2001, WTVW-TV Evansville, IN

ANCHOR/REPORTER/PRODUCER, October 1997-March 1999, WKAG-TV Hopkinsville, KY

Professional and Community Involvement


  • Commissioner, Oklahoma Community Service Commission 
  • Leadership Oklahoma City Signature Program, Class 36
  • UCO Executive Leadership Academy, Class 1
  • Oklahoma College Public Relations Association, Board Member (2009-present), Vice President (2011-12); President-elect (2012-13); President (2013-14)
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Communicators Council, Executive Committee (2011-2017), Vice Chair (2013-14); Chair (2014-15)
  • Junior League of Oklahoma City, Communications VP (2012-13), Nominating Chairman (2015-16), Membership VP (2017-18), Community VP (2019-20)
  • Public Relations Society of America (Oklahoma City Chapter), PR Committee Co-chair (2013), PRSA UCO Student Chapter Liaison (2015-Present)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity, UCO chapter Recruitment Advisor


  • Board member, Edmond Mobile Meals (2015-2018)
  • Board member, Summerstock Theater (2009-2012)
  • Board member, Individual Artists of Oklahoma (2005-07); Vice President (2007)
  • Board member, Alliance of Emerging Professionals (2004-06)
  • Board member, March of Dimes, Central Oklahoma Chapter (2005-06)
  • Presenter, Artist, Inc. Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Marketing Workshops (2013-Present)
  • Presenter, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition ASK Workshops; No Stress Press; (2008-09, 2013)
  • Presenter, The Business of Art; Arts District of Ada (2009)
  • Branding Task Force Member, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (2012)
  • Committee, Friends of 2012, OKC Boathouse Foundation (2009-2012)
  • Committee/2011 Chairperson, Oklahoma City Museum of Art Omelette Party (2006-2015)
  • Committee, Lyric Theatre Broadway Ball, Auction Chair (2007-2010)
  • Committee, OKC Arts Council, Arts Festival (2007-2012), Opening Night (2007-09)
  • Committee, deadCenter Film Festival, Public Relations Committee (2008-2013)
  • Committee, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12x12 Exhibition Committee (2005-07)

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year (Oklahoma College Public Relations Association)
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society Oklahoma City Chapter 2015 Woman of the Year 
  • OKC Biz/Oklahoma Gazette "40 Under 40" 2008 Class
  • The Journal Record's "Achievers Under 40" 2005 Class
  • Best of Show, Total Integrated Marketing Campaign, 2015 Higher Education Marketing Report Advertising Awards
  • CASE District IV Bronze Award (Television Spot), ACM at UCO TV Spot, 2010
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Full-length Feature Story - Human Interest) "Health on Track," 2018
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Viewbook), 2018
  • OCPRA Excellence Award (Before and After) " Website," 2017
  • OCPRA Excellence Award (Viewbook), 2017
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Direct Mail Piece), 2016
  • OCPRA Excellence Award (Radio Advertising), "A Spot of Tea with Your Ph.D.," 2016
  • OCPRA Excellence Award (Website), "UCO Downtown Site," 2016
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Campaign), "Connect to Central Launch," 2016
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Admissions/Viewbook), 2016
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Square Peg), "Elevator Wraps," 2016
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Digital Advertising), "UCO at 125 Digital Billboard," 2015
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Admissions/Viewbook), 2014
  • OCPRA Excellence Award (Video Spot), "Reach Higher," 2012
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Bright Idea) "Enroll Early Campaign," 2012
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Admissions/Viewbook), "How Will You Live Central," 2011
  • OCPRA Silver Award (Video Spot) "This is How I Live Central," 2011
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Ad Campaigns), "Enroll in Summer Classes," 2010
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Shoe String Award), ACM at UCO TV Spot, 2010
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Video Spot), ACM at UCO TV Spot, 2010
  • OCPRA Honorable Mention (Video Spot), "Live Central" Promo, 2010
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Events and Promotions), ACM at UCO Announcement, 2009
  • OCPRA Grand Award (Shoe String Award), "UCO no 'K'" Video, 2009
  • OCPRA Achievement Award (Video Spot) "UCO no 'K'" Video, 2009
  • TV Spot News Honorable Mention, Indiana Associated Press, 2000
  • TV Newscast Second Place, Kentucky Associated Press, 1999
  • TV General News Honorable Mention, Kentucky Associated Press, 1999
  • TV General News Honorable Mention, Kentucky Associated Press, 1998

Classes Taught

Principles of Public Relations, MCOM 2193 

Leadership and Strategic Communications LEAD 3990

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