Doug Mell serves as the executive director of University Communications and External Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a position he has held since October 2006. Mell directs University Communications, which provides information for the public on UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. The office works with the news media to develop stories on UW-Stout events and the accomplishments of its students, faculty and staff, is responsible for all internal campus communications, and oversees the official social media platforms. Mell helps develop marketing and website strategy. Mell is responsible for liaison activities with the state Legislature, other state and local officials and the community. He serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is the official spokesperson for the university. Before coming to UW-Stout, Mell had a 16-year career at the Eau Claire (Wis.) Leader-Telegram as city editor and managing editor. He was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis., for 10 years.