Julie Hail Flory

Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs

One of the things I love about my job is that no two days are ever the same. I wear many hats, but above all, I like to think of myself as a problem solver. Whether it’s how to get attention for WashU research, finding opportunities to share our faculty’s expertise, or keeping our campuses informed and inspired, there’s never a dull moment.

I’ve been lucky during my time here to lead a talented team of professionals who work every day to tell the university’s story through media relations, social media, the Newsroom and the Record, and to showcase captivating speakers in the long-revered Assembly Series. As interim vice chancellor, I now also have the wonderful opportunity to work closely with our creative, digital, multimedia and operations teams, as well as the journalistic masterminds behind Washington magazine.

I came to WashU in 2014 from the University of Notre Dame, where I’d spent 13 years in public relations. Before then, I was a journalist, working as a television news reporter in Colorado, Idaho and Indiana.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied journalism at San José State University. I am now very proud to call myself a St. Louisan. When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking, making things out of yarn and being a crazy cat lady. My husband, Ryan, and I are raising three teenagers who are delightful humans, despite what everyone says about teenagers.