Humphrey School News—October 13, 2014

University President Kaler Appoints Humphrey Alum and Current MPA Student to Co-lead University Relations

Minneapolis, MN (10/13/14)The Humphrey School of Public Affairs congratulates alumnus Ann Aronson and current student Chuck Tombarge on their appointment as deputy chiefs of staff to the president for communications and as co-leaders of University Relations at the University of Minnesota.

As co-leaders, Aronson and Tombarge have joint responsibility and accountability for providing leadership to University Relations; advancing the institution's brand, reputation, and profile; aligning communications strategies across campuses, colleges, and units; overseeing the communications dotted-line relationships across the University; and collaborating with units across campus and with external organizations to enhance support of the University's marketing and communications strategies.

“Ann and Chuck have demonstrated effective leadership both within University Relations and across the University,” said University of Minnesota President W. Eric Kaler. “They are steadfast in their commitment to building on University Relations' current strategies, preserving the engagement and morale of their team, and continuing to advance the University's strategic communications priorities.”

Aronson is a 2012 graduate of the Humphrey School’s Mid-career Master of Public Affairs Program.

Tombarge is currently enrolled in the MPA program.

“As individuals and as leaders, they have earned my trust and respect, and the trust and respect of key leaders and communicators across the University. I can think of no better team to lead University Relations and the broader communication strategies for the University. This leadership arrangement has the potential to serve as a model for innovation and leadership development at the University.”

Aronson will continue in her role as chief marketing officer for the University, managing the marketing, creative services, and electronic communications staff in University Relations.

Tombarge will continue in his role as chief public relations officer for the University, managing the News Service and strategic communications staff in University Relations.

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