Governor Sam Brownback today named Melika Willoughby as communications director and announced the retirement of current director Eileen Hawley.

“Melika brings a background in communications and political philosophy that enables her to serve well in this position,” said Governor Brownback. “I appreciate her hard work and dedication to our great state.”

Willoughby has been with the Governor’s Office as Deputy Communications Director for the last two years. She holds a bachelor of arts with honors from Hillsdale College. Willoughby is a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Women’s Leadership Series and was recently named a Publius Fellow through the Claremont Institute: Recovering the American Idea.

Hawley has served on the Governor’s senior staff since June 2013. She will continue in the position through Nov. 25.

“Eileen has dedicated her professional life to public service, and I appreciate her time here in the state of Kansas,” said Governor Brownback. “I wish her all the best.”

“I have been privileged to be a part of the Brownback team,” said Hawley. “I am grateful to the Governor and Lt. Governor Colyer for allowing me to serve my fellow Kansans.”