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President Bollinger Names Loretta Ucelli Executive Vice President for Communications and External Relations

Ms. Loretta Ucelli

The President of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, today announced that Loretta Ucelli has accepted the post of Executive Vice President for Communications and External Relations, effective April 5, 2004.

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Ucelli has held a wide range of senior communications and strategic counsel positions in both the public and private sectors, including Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for President Clinton. Prior to joining the White House staff, she served in the Clinton administration as Associate Administrator for Communications, Education and Public Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Loretta Ucelli join Columbia as the Executive Vice President for Communications and External Relations," President Bollinger said. "It takes extraordinary talent to communicate effectively and authentically with all the individuals and groups connected to a world-class university like Columbia. Loretta has this talent in abundance."

In her White House role, Ms. Ucelli managed communications on a gamut of issues, including the economy, education, trade, environment, health care and foreign policy. Most recently she was an Executive Vice President at Edelman Worldwide, where she advised corporate and public sector clients. She started her career in journalism and is a former radio reporter and news editor.

"It is an honor for me to join a great institution like Columbia University," Ms. Ucelli said. "Through its rigorous academic offerings and first-rate faculty and staff, Columbia is contributing significantly to the vitality of New York City and helping to build a better world. I look forward to working as part of the Columbia team to steer communications and external relations programs that support the university's wide-ranging efforts."

She is a native of Staten Island, NY.

Ms. Ucelli joins the university at a particularly exciting time. Columbia is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a variety of activities that deepen its global presence and expand on its extensive ties to New York City.

Published: Apr 1, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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