Leading strategic communications of the University of Mississippi Medical Center is Marc Rolph, who has served as executive director of communications and marketing since 2019.
In his current role, Rolph oversees internal and external communications and marketing initiatives for the state’s only academic medical center. He is heavily involved in projects serving each of the institution’s three primary mission areas of health sciences education, biomedical research and patient care. He manages a full complement of creative professionals across multiple disciplines including public and media relations, web strategy, digital and social media, and to carry out institutional, school-based and departmental communications and marketing efforts. Rolph works closely with Medical Center leadership to plan and implement strategic executive-level communications and serves as the institution’s spokesperson.
Following college, Rolph had news/sports videographer positions in Jackson, Mississippi and Knoxville, Tennessee. Rolph then spent 10 years managing video productions for Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications (broadcasting). While a senior video producer at the University Television Center, Rolph transitioned to a shared position with MSU University Relations, where he became involved with the strategic development and implementation of institutional communications. With this change, he began to pivot away from video production toward broader communications and marketing activities.
Following his service at MSU, Rolph was the marketing coordinator for Millsaps College in Jackson, adding marketing experience to his professional portfolio. In 2012, he joined the Office of Public Affairs at UMMC, giving him the opportunity to add academic medicine to his expanding communication and marketing resume.
Throughout his career, Rolph has maintained an active role in regional and national trade associations related to his respective occupational duties. He has represented communications fields – including corporate and news broadcasting, higher education and academic medicine – at national conferences and smaller meetings.
Rolph is married to Dr. Stephanie Rolph, an associate professor of history and director of experiential learning and strategic initiatives at Millsaps College. They have two children, Campbell and Scarlett, and live in Gluckstadt.