Executive Director of Academic Communications

Cidni Sanders

Cidni Sanders was appointed executive director of academic communications in 2021. Working with the provost, associate provosts, and other academic leaders, she leads strategic communications and marketing efforts for the academy, with special emphasis on promoting Notre Dame’s academic and research strengths, global reach, and new initiatives. This includes ensuring academic priorities, interests, and messaging are fully integrated into the University’s broader communications strategy.

Sanders was previously executive director of marketing communications and strategic initiatives in Notre Dame’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC), where she oversaw MarComm, a for-hire marketing agency serving the entire campus. In addition to leading MarComm’s long-range planning and talent management processes, Sanders managed the OPAC Strategic Plan, represented OPAC on University committees, and provided marketing/communications consultation and support to University-wide projects. 

Sanders joined OPAC in 2014 as the University’s director of internal communications. In that role, she was responsible for shaping and leading communications efforts impacting Notre Dame staff, faculty, and students.

Prior to Notre Dame, Sanders spent more than a decade at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Mich., in leadership and internal communications positions. She has also served as a copy editor at the Detroit Free Press, as a government and police reporter at C&G Publishing in Warren, Mich., and as a sports reporter and copy editor at The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial.

Sanders holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.