Education

  • B.S. 1985 – Appalachian State University, History
  • Certificate in Digital Communication 2015 – UNC-Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise

  • Storytelling
  • Photography

Background

Mike Hobbs directs a communications program that promotes the mission of the School of Education. He serves as a liaison between the School and the media, and implements a range of public information activities for the School.

Before returning to Carolina to work at the School of Education in 2010, Mike was director of communications for Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., for seven years, where he implemented an integrated marketing and public relations plan and directed media and public relations for the college. He was awarded the Bingham Award for Campus Excellence in 2008. His work as editor-in-chief for Peace College’s twice-yearly alumnae magazine was recognized with an Award of Excellence from District III of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2006.

Earlier in his career, Mike worked as a journalist, including stints with The Associated Press, newspapers and online news organizations. He also worked at UNC-Chapel Hill’s biweekly faculty/staff newspaper, the University Gazette, work for which he was honored with a Resolution of Appreciation from the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum in 1997.

Mike has served as a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

He is vice chair of the Manns Chapel precinct of the Chatham County Democratic Party, which had one of the highest turnout of voters among all of North Carolina’s precincts in the 2018 elections.