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Dartmouth names new head of communications

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 02/12/08 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

Diana L. Pearson
Diana L. Pearson (photo by Doug Goodman)

Dartmouth College announced today that it has appointed Diana L. Pearson as its new vice president for communications. Pearson, a seasoned communications executive who has held a number of senior strategic communications roles with leading media companies, will assume her new role in March 2008 and report to Dartmouth president James Wright. Pearson will take over the role from Sheila Culbert, senior assistant to the president, who has been serving as the interim vice president for communications since last year.

"I am looking forward to working with Diana in this important position," said Wright. "She has a record of impressive accomplishments in identifying and articulating the strengths and values of various organizations and will bring her leadership and expertise to campus in helping us to effectively communicate with all of our stakeholders."

Pearson served most recently as Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Media Relations for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  Previously, she served as Director of Public Affairs for TIME Magazine (1997-2006) and Director of Communications for Newsweek Magazine (1983-1997). 

"This is a grand opportunity to enter the world of academia," Pearson said.  "I look forward to joining this fascinating community, and to collaborating with President Wright, the Board of Trustees, leaders of the college, world-class scholars and all who love Dartmouth to promote a truly great institution. We have a marvelous story to tell together."

As vice president for communications, Pearson will be responsible for developing and implementing the institution's overall communications strategy, which is designed to increase understanding of and support for Dartmouth's educational and public service activities.  She will coordinate the institution-wide management of Dartmouth's communications to its broad range of constituencies, oversee Dartmouth's media relations activities, and directly manage Dartmouth's Office of Public Affairs, which produces all College publications, manages its web content, provides information to the news media about events, research, and other important news involving Dartmouth, and operates the College's Office of Conferences and Special Events, among other  activities.

A native of Bay Shore, New York, Pearson is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in history.  She served as editor-in-chief of The Miscellany News (weekly newspaper) and student editor of the Vassar Quarterly (publication for alumni/ae).

Pearson also has worked as a journalist with Gannett Newspapers and the Associated Press.  At Newsweek, she was named "Employee of the Year" for building the brand internationally by promoting the magazine's prize-winning coverage of the Gulf War.  At TIME, Pearson was a driving force in organizing major press-worthy events, including TIME's 75TH Anniversary Celebration of Leadership (1998) and the first annual TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World Dinner (2005).  Three annual summits drew 300 leaders from across disciplines to develop solutions to important societal issues:  the TIME Global Health Summit (2005) sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the TIME/ABC News Obesity Summit (2004) sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Future of Life Summit (2003) convened on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA.

She has served on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has volunteered for the Clinton Global Initiative and has supported the efforts of Save the Children, particularly in Bolivia.

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