Sexton appointed associate VP for public affairs

by Julie Hail Flory

Timothy Sexton

Timothy D. Sexton, most recently vice president for community development at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in South Bend, has been appointed associate vice president for public affairs at the University of Notre Dame. The appointment is effective June 29.

In his new role, Sexton will focus on state and local government and community relations and will serve as the primary liaison between community leaders and the University.

“We are so pleased to be adding someone of Tim’s caliber to assist the University in these areas,” said Janet M. Botz, vice president for public affairs and communication at Notre Dame. “One of the things we’ve heard in community focus groups is that people aren’t sure how to access Notre Dame or who to contact. Having Tim on board as that initial interface will go a long way toward addressing that need.”

At SJRMC, Sexton represented the Saint Joseph System to state legislators, officials and lobbyists and led the federal “Find A Way” campaign that aimed to achieve awareness of the need for health care reform across the country. He provided executive leadership for SJRMC’s “Building Our Future” capital campaign, which raised $12.6 million from community leaders, businesses, foundations and grants.

Sexton earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Notre Dame and currently serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Michiana and United Health Services, and as president of the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization.

A member of a health advisory committee led by Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Sexton also serves as a corporate liaison for St. Joseph High School and the Women’s Care Center. He has served on the boards or advisory councils of numerous local organizations, including Alzheimer’s Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Center for
the Homeless, the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Goodwill Industries and Hospice of St. Joseph County.

Sexton and his wife, Tonya, are the parents of four children.