Wes Hickman

Chief Communications Officer


Office: Osborne Administration Building, Suite 207

Wes arrived at USC in January 2012, returning to South Carolina after nearly 10 years living and working in the nation’s capital. In his role as director of news and internal communications, he serves as university spokesman and leads a team of talented news and public relations professionals. The department enthusiastically promotes the USC story and brand to local, state and national media and other external constituencies throughout the world. Additionally, the department enhances the sense of community and promotes conversation within the eight-campus system.

Before making the transition to higher education public relations, Wes spent almost 10 years on Capitol Hill working in various communications roles for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. As press secretary and later outreach director Wes developed his calm-under-fire demeanor, a passion for communications strategy, and an appreciation for the power of storytelling and branding.

Prior to his move outside the Beltway and return home to the Palmetto State, Wes made a stop at American University in Washington, DC, where he briefly served as a public relations manager, cutting his teeth in both integrated marketing communications and the impactful world of higher ed.

Wes graduated from Wofford College in 1999, immediately taking his history and government majors to work in commercial real estate development. In 2001, he enrolled at George Washington University to pursue a master's degree in political management, which he completed in 2005 after taking off several “professional development” semesters to work political campaigns in South Carolina.

An admitted news junkie, history buff and recovering Hill staffer, Wes continues to enjoy politics, but as a casual sideline observer. He has developed an interest in cooking and set a personal goal of completing a sprint distance triathlon. Now that he is back in South Carolina Wes looks forward to exploring the state’s natural and historic treasures, as well as its cuisine.