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Megan Lybrand Named CALS Communications Chief

Megan Lybrand wearing a red blazer in a headshot

Megan Lybrand joins the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as its next chief communications officer (CCO) on May 15. Lybrand will play a critical role in CALS administration, drive strategic communications efforts for the college and lead the award-winning communications group. 

Lybrand recently served as a communications director for Wolfspeed, a semiconductor company in Durham, North Carolina. Her experience spans public relations and agricultural communications, with past roles at BASF and G&S Business Communications.

“Megan’s wonderful background in agriculture and life sciences makes her a great fit for CALS. Her extensive communications experience will help CALS and our partners get our messages out,” Interim Dean John Dole said. 

“I also want to thank Kionna Coleman for serving as both the interim chief communications officer as well as the assistant CCO,” Dole added. “She has done an exceptional job moving CALS Communications forward and providing thoughtful, proactive leadership.” 

Coleman, interim CCO since Dec. 2021, will return to her role as assistant CCO. “This is an extraordinary time for our college, and we look forward to Megan’s leadership to raise the visibility of CALS to new heights,” Coleman said. 

Lybrand plans to collaborate closely with faculty, staff and students to promote research breakthroughs, innovative programs, and other stories demonstrating the college’s leadership and impact in research, education and extension.

“I’m excited to work with the skilled and enthusiastic team committed to amplifying the research and education provided by CALS,” Lybrand said. “I’m eager to contribute to the success of this exceptional institution and to share the significant stories of its remarkable individuals and programs.” 

An enthusiastic gardener, hiker and cyclist, Lybrand comes from a long line of farmers in rural North Carolina. She is also an NC State alumna, earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations.