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Bollinger Names New EVP for Communications

David M. Stone

President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed David M. Stone Executive Vice President for Communications, effective Monday, March 20.

David Stone's experience spans a wide range of professional realms, including higher education, government, nonprofits, law and broadcasting. Over the past two decades he has served in state and federal government, worked as a writer, public affairs television producer and communications consultant for a variety of media, education, government and mission-driven organizations.

"We are pleased to have David Stone join the Columbia University community as the Executive Vice President for Communications," President Bollinger said. "David is a true renaissance person in the field of communications, whose exceptional work in higher education, public service and the media has earned him wide respect and admiration. It will be great for Columbia to have someone with David's breadth of experience, demonstrated leadership, tremendous passion and remarkable creativity leading our communications team."

Most recently, Mr. Stone has been an adviser to Princeton University's Policy Research Institute for the Region at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. He previously served as a consultant on strategic communications and community outreach for the University of Pennsylvania, including the University's civic partnership with the neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

"Columbia has always been a place where people have grappled with difficult and important questions," Mr. Stone said. "The wonderful challenge is in how to use all the communications tools we now have to connect with one another, our neighbors and the world in ways that do justice to the remarkable work by faculty and staff, students and alumni both on and off campus."

Mr. Stone served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey and United States Senator Harris Wofford -- onetime president of Bryn Mawr College, aide to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., co-founder of the Peace Corps and, more recently, CEO of the Corporation for National Service. During eight years in state and federal government, Mr. Stone wrote, produced and directed a variety of television spots, video documentaries, keynote speeches and legislative campaigns.

Over the past decade, Mr. Stone has been a writer, producer and consultant for media, education, government and mission-driven organizations, including PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Board of Education, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Markle Foundation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, the National Community Development Initiative, the Corporation for National Service and the Peace Corps, as well as Accenture and BSMG Worldwide (now Weber Shandwick). He was also a writer of historical documentaries for CBS News Productions, as well as a consulting producer for the Sundance award-winning HBO documentary "Blue Vinyl."

Mr. Stone's articles on media and politics have been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the political journal Tikkun. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House and Fox Leadership Program.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Stone clerked at The New York Times Company legal department and had a brief civil litigation practice with the firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath. Before attending law school, he was a researcher for the MacNeil-Lehrer Report at WNET and a national public affairs producer for Tribune Broadcasting, both in New York.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Stone graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he won the C.O. Joline Prize for American History and the Thesis Publication Prize for his work on "Nixon and the Politics of Public Television."

"The real stars at a great urban research university like Columbia are performing in classrooms, libraries and research labs," Mr. Stone said. "My contribution will be to work behind the scenes to shine a spotlight on their work and help advance Columbia's mission of teaching, research and public service."

Published: Mar 08, 2006
Last modified: Mar 20, 2006