Former White House Press Secretary Named Seattle University’s Vice President for Communications

2012-08-02

Seattle University names former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan as the Vice President for Communications. McClellan will begin his appointment at the university on September 17, 2012.   

In his new role, appointed by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., McClellan will be responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of its communications and marketing strategy.     

“Scott is an accomplished media specialist and public affairs strategist who brings a wealth of communications experience to our university community,” said Father Sundborg. “We look forward to the many contributions he will make as we continue to elevate our regional, national and international profile.”                                                               

McClellan, whose family has a long history in higher education, said he recently started exploring leadership positions at universities for the same reason he first went to work in politics: to serve and make a positive difference in the world.  

"This is an exciting time to join the Seattle University community," said McClellan. "Under Father Sundborg's leadership, the administration, faculty and staff have demonstrated a deep commitment to academic excellence and empowering students to be active, engaged leaders in their communities and beyond. What I discovered during the search process is that the SU story is about offering students something more. Telling that story is what this job is about and I look forward to working with the many talented individuals at SU to help tell it well."   

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