Public Affairs and Communication under new leadership

by Dennis Brown

Matthew S. Cullinan, executive assistant to the president, has been appointed acting vice president for public affairs and communication at the University of Notre Dame, and Dennis K. Moore and Matthew V. Storin have assumed their previously announced positions in the division.p. Moore, formerly director of public relations and information, is now associate vice president for public affairs and communication. He has been succeeded by Storin, who is the associate vice president for the newly named office of news and information.p. Cullinan will oversee news and information, marketing communications, University communication design, Notre Dame Magazine, community relations and governmental relations. He previously served from 1992-98 as special assistant to Notre Dame’s president and from 1998-2000 as assistant provost for academic outreach. He was the senior program officer for education policy at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles before returning to Notre Dame last year as the executive assistant to the president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.p. Cullinan received a doctorate in American history from Notre Dame in 1999 after previously earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field from the University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He also earned a master of public policy degree from Duke University in 1990.p. A national search is under way for a permanent vice president for public affairs and communication, a division that was created just over a year ago.p. Moore, who directed the public relations and information office from 1990-2002, will work on communications strategies, play a lead role in planning and coordinating special events, coordinate oversight of University marks and images, develop new initiatives to advance Notre Dame’s mission, and contribute to University publications.p. Storin was editor of the Boston Globe from 1992 until July 2001, when he retired from a 38-year career in journalism, including stints at the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News and U.S. News&World Report. He began his new position at the University on Aug. 5.p. “I am pleased to have Denny Moore and Matt Storin’s wisdom and experience in the division,” Cullinan said. “They will undoubtedly provide important perspective on the wide range of issues we must deal with in public affairs.”p. Coinciding with Storin’s appointment, the University’s public relations office has been renamed news and information. “With the creation of the public affairs and communication division, we now are able to bring greater focus to our efforts in this area,” Cullinan said. “The name change from public relations to news and information reflects a renewed emphasis on the department’s role as the University news bureau and media relations office.”p. Staff members in news and information gather and disseminate news on all facets of the University, including faculty research activity and expertise, significant faculty and student honors and accomplishments, institutional announcements, and major events on campus. They also serve as the primary contacts between the University and local, regional and national media, as well as the general public. In addition to Storin, the department is staffed by four writers/editors and two administrative assistants.p. The news and information offices are located in 317 Main Building.

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