Chuck Leonhardt joined the University of Northern Colorado's University Relations in September 2008 with nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience in both academic and corporate environments. Leonhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Utah State University and pursued graduate work in communication and leadership at Gonzaga University. At UNC, Leonhardt oversees the university’s external relations activities including community relations, commencement, institutional identity development, marketing, public and media relations, and print publications.
From 2006 to 2008 Leonhardt served as assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Gonzaga University. There he developed the institution’s first comprehensive marketing program, taking a campus-wide integrated approach to setting and achieving strategic objectives. He also led efforts to establish the university’s visual identity through a comprehensive branding campaign. Prior to his appointment at Gonzaga, Leonhardt served five years as director of marketing for Spillman Technologies Inc., in Logan, Utah, and 11 years at Utah State University as director of marketing and communications, marketing manager, director of trademark licensing and a consultant.
Married for 15 years, Leonhardt enjoys traveling with his wife Laura and their three children. When he is not hard at work or sharing fun experiences with his family, Leonhardt enjoys landscaping, hiking, fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities.