New VP to address local business leaders Oct. 3


Louis M. Nanni, vice president for public affairs and communication at the University of Notre Dame, will be the keynote speaker Oct. 3 (Wednesday) at the University’s annual President’s Luncheon for Michiana Business Leaders.p. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., will host the 14th annual event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the concourse of the Joyce Center. Some 300 corporate leaders are expected to attend.p. Nanni, who will discuss the relationship between Notre Dame and the local community in his address, was appointed to his position July 1. The newly created division of public affairs and communication includes four departments formerly part of University Relations?public relations and information, community relations, University communications design (formerly publications), and Notre Dame Magazine?as well as a new department of governmental relations.p. Nanni served for the previous two years as executive assistant to Father Malloy. He returned to Notre Dame in 1999 after serving eight years as executive director of South Bend’s Center for the Homeless, which he established as a national model in addressing the complex issues of homelessness.p. A native of Akron, N.Y., Nanni was graduated from Notre Dame in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in government and the Program of Liberal Studies. He served for two years following graduation as a Holy Cross Associate living in Santiago, Chile, and addressing issues of poverty and injustice there. He then entered Notre Dame’s pioneering international peace studies program, earning a master’s degree in 1988.p. Nanni became director of the world mission office of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., in 1988 and in 1990 was elected to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees as a three-year, young alumni member. As a Trustee he became aware of Notre Dame’s involvement with the fledgling Center for the Homeless and was invited to apply for the position of executive director, which he accepted in 1991.p. Nanni and his wife, Carmen, a 1993 Notre Dame graduate, were presented one of three national exemplar awards by Notre Dame as part of a special University observance in May 1997. A former member of the advisory council for Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, Nanni received the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Dr. Thomas Dooley Award for Humanitarian Service in 1994.

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