Kelly Bartling

Assistant Vice Chancellor Communications and Community Relations

Office: CMCT 028   |    Phone: (308) 865-8455   |    Email:

Kelly Bartling


Kelly Bartling was appointed vice chancellor for enrollment management and marketing in 2019 after previously serving as assistant vice chancellor for communications and community relations.

Prior to joining UNK in 2013, she worked in the Office of University Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as news director (2005-13) and senior news writer and national news editor (1999-2005). She also served as director of national news for the Office of the Vice President for External Affairs from 2003-05. Before joining the staff at UNL, she was managing editor for the York News-Times, news editor for the Kearney Hub and a reporter for the Lincoln Star and Beatrice Daily Sun.

A native of York, Nebraska, Bartling attended Kearney State College as a first-generation college student before completing a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism at UNL. She also holds a Master of Arts in marketing, communication and advertising from the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications and has taught courses at UNK, UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan University in marketing, public relations, social media, media relations and crisis communication.

Enrollment Management and Marketing oversees the strategic enrollment management plan and includes the offices of Scholarships and Financial Aid, First Year Program, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions, Academic Advising and Career Development and Communication and Marketing.