Vice President for Communications
Office of the Vice President for Communications
3300 Ruthven Building
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
(734) 764-3526; FAX (734) 936-0775
Kallie Bila Michels has served as vice president for communications since Feb. 17, 2017.
She oversees all aspects of both internal and external communications for the university, including communication policy, media relations, advertising and marketing, and creative editorial and design services. She works closely with the president, executive officers and other university leaders in developing messaging and planning media opportunities related to critical institutional issues.
She earned her bachelor of arts degree in applied arts from Central Michigan University in 1985 and her master of arts in advertising from Michigan State University in 1993.
She joined the University of Michigan in 1988 as an information officer in the Office of Planning and Marketing for U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. She held several positions in the U-M Health System and in 2000 was appointed director of public relations for the Health System. In 2008, she was appointed as the associate vice president in the Office of the Vice President for Communications.
In 2011, she served as the interim vice president for communications. She took on an additional role in 2013-14 as the interim chief communications officer for the health system.