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News Release

August 27, 2008

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Elaine Ray, News Service: (650) 723-7162, ray@stanford.edu


UC-Davis communications chief to lead university communications at Stanford

Lisa Lapin, chief communications officer for the University of California-Davis, has been appointed assistant vice president for university communications, David Demarest, Stanford's vice president for public affairs, announced Thursday.

Lapin has served UC-Davis for nearly a decade, first as director of its News Service and then as assistant vice chancellor for university communications, where she leads external and internal communications at the 30,000-student public research university. Her responsibilities at UC-Davis include media relations, crisis and issues management, executive communications, primary campus website and publications, marketing, faculty-staff communications, visual identity and design, and development, alumni and parent communications.

Prior to joining UC-Davis, Lapin spent 15 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at major daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee. She covered higher education, state and federal politics and environmental issues, and served as education editor and in newsroom management as city editor.

"Lisa has a deep understanding of the challenges facing higher education and extensive experience managing communications for a major research university," Demarest said. "She also has the knowledge of an experienced journalist. She has earned national recognition for her work handling campus crisis situations. She brings to Stanford a combination of skills that will enable her to be an effective communications strategist, counselor and leader. I know she is eager to work with her team to further advance and strengthen the university's reputation."

As Stanford's senior communications official, Lapin will serve as chief spokesperson for the university. She will oversee Stanford web content and top-level websites; media relations and the News Service; presidential and provost communications; major publications, including Stanford Report, the annual report and Stanford Facts; and campus video production. She will collaborate with the Office of Development and the Stanford Alumni Association on key communications issues and advise senior executive staff on communications policy. Lapin will report to Demarest as a member of the public affairs leadership team.

Lapin also has been a leader in the communications profession, conducting spokesperson-training workshops on campus and for numerous national organizations. She serves on the International Communications and Marketing Commission of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), advising the 3,400-institution organization on the latest advances in the field. She also serves as the commission representative to the CASE District VII Board of Directors and participates in the Association of American Universities public affairs network.

"For a communications professional, the opportunity to serve Stanford is a career pinnacle. Nowhere else is there such a wealth of good news to share about true global impact," Lapin said. "It will be an honor to work with a talented, competent team that is already recognized for its world-class communications programs. I look forward to productive collaborations throughout the campus."

Lapin's appointment becomes effective September 15.

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