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Lampe recommended as V.P. for communications

President Mary Sue Coleman will appoint David Lampe as the next vice president for communications, effective Sept. 7, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Lampe is executive director of marketing and communications at Harvard Business School. His appointment will be recommended to the regents at their September meeting. Interim vice president Cynthia Wilbanks will serve until that time and then act as an adviser through the end of December to facilitate the transition.
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The vice president for communications is the University's chief communications officer. Lampe will be responsible for planning, directing and managing the communications office, including the Freedom of Information Office, Office of Michigan Marketing and Design, Media Relations and Public Affairs, and the News Service. The vice president also is responsible for developing communication strategies to enhance U-M's visibility locally, nationally and internationally. As an executive officer, he will be a member of the senior management team and will advise deans, directors, executive officers and the president regarding communications.

"I am delighted to recommend David Lampe for this critical role," Coleman says. "David brings extensive experience in public and media relations in academic institutions, and I look forward to working with him to address the communication opportunities and challenges facing the University."

Lampe has held the position of executive director of marketing and communications at Harvard Business School since 2002. He is the editor of "The Massachusetts Miracle: High Technology and Economic Revitalization" (1988). He teaches business communications in the Harvard Extension School and taught technical communication and science journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He is the recipient of several awards in the field of communications, including a gold medal, two silvers and two bronzes from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Lampe worked briefly as a reporter and correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and BusinessWeek, and as a free-lance business and technology journalist.

He became assistant director of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program in 1981 and was responsible for the program's communications and marketing functions. In 1991, he was named associate director for corporate relations at MIT, overseeing development and implementation of a range of strategies and services to promote links between MIT and industry. From 1994-96, he served as director of communications for the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He moved to Boston University in 1996 to become associate vice president for university relations, and serve as chief communications officer. In 1998, he became director of corporate marketing and communications at Arthur D. Little, Inc.

Lampe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1973), a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT (1976) and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Stanford (1981).

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