Accessible Navigation. Go to: Navigation Main Content Footer
UM News
November 14, 2012


The University of Montana will interview four candidates for the position of vice president for integrated communications in coming weeks.

The candidates are Scott Ochander, Valparaiso University vice president for integrated marketing and communications-greater Chicago area; Mario Schulzke, founder of IdeaMensch, a digital publication aimed at helping entrepreneurs; Kari Dilloo, group communications manager with Microsoft/Bing; and Libby Eckhardt, chief communications officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University.

The vice president for integrated communications is the chief communications officer for the University and will provide leadership for UM marketing and branding, licensing, social media and all other communications. This position directly oversees the Broadcast Media Center, Printing and Graphic Services, and University Relations.

“After an extensive national search, we have pinpointed four exciting candidates with the potential to enhance our University’s communications strategies and take our marketing programs to a higher level,” said Peggy Kuhr, interim vice president for integrated communications and chairwoman of the 16-member search committee. “We invite campus and community members to attend the candidate forums and help select the right person for this vital leadership position.”

Public forums are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Nov. 19 – Scott Ochander, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Monday, Nov. 26 – Mario Schulzke, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., University Center Theater.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 – Kari Dilloo, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., UC Theater.
  • Monday, Dec. 3 – Libby Eckhardt, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., UC Theater.

Ochander has served as the chief marketing officer of Indiana’s Valparaiso University since 2009. Previous positions include senior vice president of market innovation for New Edge + The Brewery in Seattle and London, senior director of marketing for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and senior marketing and brand leader for multiple Dow Chemical Co. units. He received an MBA in marketing from Central Michigan University and has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and fine arts from Western Michigan University.

Schulzke founded his IdeaMensch digital publication ( in 2009 and at the same time was senior director of digital strategy for WDCW (Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener) in Los Angeles. Previously, he was director of new media for R2C Group in Portland, Ore., and an instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also oversaw business development and public relations for WDCW. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a minor in Spanish from UM.

Dilloo has been employed by Microsoft since 2006, working as group public relations manager for the Xbox 360, group communications manager for the Entertainment and Devices Division, and group communications manager for Microsoft/Bing. Before joining Microsoft, she held a number of positions in the Seattle area, including consumer public relations manager with Expedia Inc., senior account executive with Edelman and senior account executive with Imagio/JWT. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in communications from UM.

Eckhardt has worked at Ohio State since 2007, serving first as director of marketing and communications for Facilities Operations and Development and then as chief communications officer for the College of Arts and Sciences. Before joining OSU, she worked as an account executive and project manager for Lorz Communications Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, and as a media coordinator for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C. Eckhardt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from OSU and an Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State University.



Western Montana, Dailies


Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM interim vice president for integrated communications, 406-243-2311,