Julie Spechler is Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications where she leads a team that strategically cultivates and disseminates newsworthy information about NSU and its people, research and students. In addition, she helps develop promotional campaigns for NSU colleges, organizations, and entities, working with creative staff to determine the best way to present information that advances NSU’s brand and creative strategies.
Julie has been a leader in promoting numerous milestones for NSU, such as the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, NSU’s 50th anniversary, and the openings of NSU’s Center for Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, the Center for Collaborative Research, and the college’s largest philanthropic gift from Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel.
Prior to joining NSU, she spent nearly 30 years at AT&T as Public Relations Director for Florida. While there, her responsibilities included supporting the firm’s business and consumer operations with a variety of public relations and marketing efforts, including media relations, employee communications, executive support, strategic philanthropy and public policy. After leaving AT&T, she formed a boutique PR agency representing clients ranging from entertainment to education. Julie got her start in academia at Barry University, where she served as Alumni Director before joining AT&T and earlier, BellSouth.
The most rewarding part of her career has been mentoring young people and watching them succeed. She has served on the University of Florida's Public Relations Advisory Council and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, American Association of University Women, and Society of Professional Journalists.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Florida and a master’s, with an emphasis on marketing and public relations, from NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
She and her husband George, and their rescue multi-poo Charlie, live near Hollywood Beach where they enjoy walking, swimming and playing together. The empty-nesters often retreat to St. Augustine Beach for a different Florida flavor but also enjoy traveling the world.