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Fred Knubel, Director of Public Information

Renzulli Named to Columbia Public Affairs Post

Virgil Renzulli, assistant vice president for public affairs at New York University and former director of public information at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed associate vice president for public affairs at Columbia University, it was announced today (Monday) by Alan Stone, Columbia's vice president for public affairs.

Mr. Renzulli, whose appointment is effective August 1, will have primary responsibility for leading the University's communications, press and public relations activities.

Credited with helping to invigorate NYU's public relations effort, Mr. Renzulli, 51, instituted a strategic planning process to ensure that communications activities effectively supported the university's academic and external relations goals and expanded its media relations program. During his eight-year tenure, NYU gained increased national recognition for its academic programs, faculty research and commitment to public service. His responsibilities included the faculty-staff newspaper NYU Today, the photographic services department and a video production unit.

Prior to joining NYU in 1989, Mr. Renzulli spent nine years at Penn, where he was director of the university news bureau and later also served as director of public affairs for the Penn Medical Center.

Born November 28, 1944, in Philadelphia, he received a B.A. in political science from Penn in 1966 and later did graduate work at the Wharton School, Temple University and NYU. He was an editor and reporter at several Philadelphia area newspapers, including the Main Line Times and Burlington County Times, and a teacher at the York Country Day School in York, Pa.

He and his wife, Patricia, have two children, Dylan, 11, and Abby, 5.