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Chandra Harris-McCray

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and Communications

Strategic Marketing and Communications

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

1301 UH


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-8165



Dr. Chandra Harris-McCray brings 13 years of experience serving in inaugural and progressive marketing and communications leadership roles in higher education. Prior to joining UIC, she served as the founding executive director of advancement marketing and communications at the University of Colorado Boulder. Leading a team of 15 creative staff members focused on storytelling and digital transformation, she spearheaded the philanthropic and alumni engagement marketing and communications initiatives for the university.

Previously, Chandra led campaign, brand, content and engagement strategies for the University of Tennessee System and Foundation where she served as executive director of communications during the university’s $1 billion fundraising campaign. She also has served as an award-winning journalist and freelance writer at various newspapers throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

Chandra grew up in Chicago and is a first-generation college graduate. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications and women’s studies from Illinois State University. She also holds a master’s degree in marketing and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In addition to her work as an equity-centered researcher, scholar and thought leader, she is also active in community service and has served on various boards including the National Urban League, Goodwill Industries and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.