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

Areas of Expertise

  • Storytelling
  • Photography


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 is chair of the Board of Directors of the Chatham County Partnership for Children, the county’s Smart Start partner and early childhood education agency. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Advisors.

He is chair of the Manns Chapel precinct of the Chatham County Democratic Party, helping lead efforts resulting in one of the highest turnout of voters among all of North Carolina’s precincts in the 2018 and 2020 elections.