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Jamie Moncrief

I joined DePaul University’s Office of Public Relations and Communications in August 2013 as the assistant director of visual content. I’m charged with leading an amazing team of visual artists as we tell the stories of DePaul’s Vincentian mission and academic excellence through photography, video and multimedia projects.
I started my career in higher education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, working as their first university photographer for almost ten years. Before 2003, I was a photojournalist with The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, which included seven years as the photography editor at the Wilmington (NC) Star-News. During my career as a photographer, I photographed seven seasons of NASCAR racing, nine seasons of ACC basketball, more than 20 CAA basketball tournaments, Pope John Paul’s visit to America in 1987, as well as 14 hurricane and tropical storm strikes along the East and Gulf Coasts. I also was the photo researcher and editor of the book, “Michael Jordan: Before the Legend.”
I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 after completing my general studies at UNC Wilmington. I also hold master’s certificates in advanced online marketing and social media metrics from the University of San Francisco.
I live in Chicago with my wife, Kat, who I’ve been married to for nearly 30 years. She is a massage therapist and fellow “foodie” who grew up in the mountains of North Carolina.

Why DePaul?

The people – those I already knew, and those I had just met.
I was thrilled at the opportunity of working again with one of my mentors, Cindy Lawson, at DePaul’s Office of Public Relations and Communications. Once she shared her vision for the newly reorganized office and I had met her team, I knew I wanted to be part of this university.
And then I met Casey Clemmons, DePaul’s student body president – Cindy had arranged for Casey to give my wife and I a tour of the Lincoln Park campus following my interview. Even after a decade of working in higher education, I had never met a student who talked so passionately about their school – he loved the people, the place and appreciated every opportunity that DePaul had offered him. Genuinely. Unabashedly.
How could anyone not want to be a part of a place so special?

Why VMI?

Since listening to Father Ed’s overview of the Vincentian Mission presented at new employee orientation, I have actively sought out more information about St. Vincent de Paul and the university that bears his name. From the Rury & Suchar book, “DePaul University; Centennial Essays and Images”, to reading the newly digitalized handwritten letters located in the university’s archives, Vincent de Paul continues to amaze and inspire.
In many aspects, I feel I’ve come full circle, starting my grade school education at a Catholic school and now returning to the largest Catholic university in the nation.
More important, as a visual artist, I look forward to documenting the VMI experience for others to view and enjoy.