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William N. Walker appointed Vice President for Public Affairs at Dartmouth

Posted 08/24/01

Dartmouth President James Wright announced today that William N. Walker will become Dartmouth's first Vice President for Public Affairs. Walker, currently Executive Director of University Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will assume his post at Dartmouth in November 2001.

"I am looking forward to working with Bill in this important position," said President Wright. "He brings extensive expertise in higher education and a record of impressive accomplishments that will help us coordinate and integrate our communications across the campus."

Walker, who has been at Rutgers since 1994, is responsible for planning, implementation and coordination of public relations programs throughout the university. Overseeing media relations, marketing, publications, television and radio, internal communications and website development, among other programs, he implemented a pioneering model of integrated marketing communications among the university's three primary campuses. He also has chaired the university's Advancement Advisory Committee, served on the University Administrative Council and had oversight of communications planning for a $500 million capital fund-raising campaign launched publicly this year.

Earlier, he served as Director of the Office of University Relations at the College of William and Mary in Virginia (1985-1994), Director of Public Affairs at Skidmore College (1978-1985), and Associate Director of Public Information at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1976-1978). He has also taught and lectured widely on public relations, journalism, communications and educational administration and speaks frequently to national audiences on communications issues ranging from crisis management to integrated marketing.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he majored in Journalism, Walker is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and served as Chair of CASE's Communications Commission from 1998 to 2001. He has served on the Public Affairs Network of the Association of American Universities, and is a member of the National Press Club. He has been a member of the Virginia Higher Education Public Relations Group of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, and served as president of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for excellence in public relations and communications programs.

"Dartmouth is one of the world's leading institutions of higher learning, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in advancing the College through a strategic communications approach," said Walker. "I look forward to working with President Wright and the entire Dartmouth community as we discover ways to enhance further the stature of the College through coordinated efforts across the campus."

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