Megan Gonzalez

Megan Gonzalez

Megan Gonzalez serves as the Executive Director of Institutional Communications at the University of West Florida, where she executes the University’s integrated communications plan. She leads a fast-paced, innovative department of creative, digital, public relations and communications professionals.

Megan and her team shape and share the University’s story through effective communication strategies. She serves as the central point of contact for institutional branding, media relations and communications, providing counsel to University leadership regarding reputation building opportunities and facilitating the resolution of communication issues.

Prior to serving in this role, Megan served as Director of Communications, where she led publicity, media relations and social media strategy.

Her experience spans from higher education to agency and corporate communications, including multiple extensive rebranding initiatives. She has secured coverage for clients with national media outlets such as The Today Show, ABC News, Good Morning America and MSNBC, among others.

Megan is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association and the American Advertising Federation. She and her husband Nick have a daughter, Isabella (who shares mom's fiery spirit).

Education

  • B.A. Communication Arts, Emphasis in Public Relations, Minor in Marketing
    University of West Florida – Pensacola, Florida
  • M.A. Strategic Communication and Leadership
    University of West Florida – Pensacola, Florida

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award
  • 2015 American Advertising Federation Silver ADDY Award
  • 2014 American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award
  • 2014 CASE District III Award of Excellence
  • 2014 Florida Public Relations Association Image Award
  • 2014 Florida Public Relations Association Judges Choice Award
  • 2014 Florida Public Relations Association Award of Distinction
  • 2012 Independent News Rising Star
  • 2009 American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award
  • 2009 Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern Award
  • 2008 American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award

Affiliations

  • American Advertising Federation, Fourth District
  • Florida Public Relations Association, Pensacola
  • Southern Public Relations Federation

Leadership

  • 2014-2015 American Advertising Federation, Fourth District, Northwest Florida liaison
  • 2013-2014 American Advertising Federation, Pensacola, President
  • 2012-2013 American Advertising Federation, Pensacola, Vice President
  • 2009-2011 American Advertising Federation, Tallahassee, President