Kelly Lusco Merges

Interim Director

B.A. - Mass Communication, Specialization in Public Relations

As interim director, Kelly works with professional staff to provide students with valuable experiences to prepare them for future careers in media. She advises students in several areas including the Niner Times weekly newspaper,, and Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, as she is a former magazine editor, feature writer, and PR professional.

Kelly joined the Student Niner Media staff in 2004 as assistant director and marketing adviser, primarily working with students in the areas of sales, marketing and promotions. She worked with the student staff to sell and produce multimedia campaigns that helped area businesses promote themselves to the ever-growing UNC Charlotte campus and surrounding community.

Most recently, she received the College Media Association Distinguished Business Adviser Award for her work with the Student Niner Media Marketing Department.