The Senior Vice President of University Relations serves on the UA President's Cabinet and is responsible for all activities that promote the UA, especially those that involve the UA and media, government officials, and UA friends, supporters and neighbors. Close ties between the Vice President for University Relations and leaders of the UA Alumni Association, the UA Foundation and the Arizona Health Sciences Center enable a galvanized effort to advance the UA in the state and beyond.
Teri Lucie Thompson serves as the Senior Vice President for University Relations and Chief Marketing Officer. She is the chief communications officer of the University, overseeing internal and external communications; state, federal, and community relations; marketing; Arizona Public Media; and special events.
Thompson joined the University of Arizona in May 2013. Most recently, she served as Vice President Marketing and Media and Chief Marketing Officer at Purdue University (2008-2013), where she led transformational change in positioning the university. She was awarded a 2010 Stevie Award as Marketing Executive of the Year, was named the American Marketing Association’s 2012 Higher Education Marketer of the Year, and recently received the American Advertising Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Prior to leading higher education brands, Thompson spent 14 years in the financial services sector. She served as Vice President of Marketing at Safeco Insurance, bringing a customer focus to a distributor-driven model. She also held a number of marketing and public relations positions at State Farm Insurance, the last of which was directing the company's customer segment marketing division, where she spearheaded the company's efforts in marketing to women, multicultural segments and young adults, yielding significant market growth in each segment.
She also spent eight years as a faculty associate at her alma mater, Illinois State University, and as chair of the English department for the university’s laboratory school.
Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education from Illinois State University. She completed her certification in New Product Development at the University of Michigan. She is co-author of "Tuning into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer" (Purdue Press, 2011).