Special assistant named in Chancellor's office (Released: 12/29/95)
Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- Arthur W. Brodeur, director of university relations at the University of Connecticut, will become special assistant to Chancellor for University Affairs Mark A. Emmert effective Monday, Jan. 1.
In his new role, Brodeur will help Emmert communicate the University's academic strengths consistent with both the University's strategic plan and the recent Board of Trustee-approved reorganization of the central management structure. His appointment is part of the refocusing of existing resources to benefit the core mission. No new salary is involved, Emmert said.
"In assuming the chancellorship, I was aware of the need to assure, as chief operating officer, that administrative responsibilities are aligned with academics inasmuch as academics are the primary function of the University," Emmert said. "My intent is to enhance the academic environment as well as to inform the variety of constituencies with whom the University relates about the quality and strength of its academic endeavors and enterprise.
"Therefore, I have asked Art Brodeur to join the Chancellor's staff as a special assistant," Emmert said, "because there is a critical need to enhance communications, both on and off the campuses of the University, about our academic accomplishments and initiatives and about the implementation of the strategic plan. There is also a closely related need to foster a greater sense of community among students, faculty and staff through a variety of mechanisms, including greater recognition of individual accomplishments, shared experiences such as convocations, ceremonies, and lectures; and through more effective communication about our shared vision and excitement about the University's future.
"I am pleased that Art has agreed to take on this new challenge. He will bring more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration, a sense of the academy, strong communications skills, and a record of accomplishment in university public affairs and management," Emmert said.
In his new capacity, the 59-year-old Brodeur will be based in Gulley Hall and will be charged, among other duties, with developing clear messages and themes that emphasize the University's academic mission, programs and accomplishments. In partnership with the University Relations Division, he will ensure the integration of these messages into the University's overall strategic communications planning and initiatives. He will also be charged with enhancing and expanding channels of communication to faculty, students and staff and with working toward the development of a stronger sense of community within the University and celebrating it as a community of scholars.
"In accepting this new assignment, I look forward to the opportunity to play an expanded role in the administration of the University at such a critically important time in its history," Brodeur said. "I have always sought to effect a joining of my abilities with university needs and this new opportunity which Mark has afforded me is such a fortuitous and exciting confluence. I leave the University Relations staff with mixed emotions; I applaud the progress and the successes they have achieved in the past two years. We have come a long way together, but there is much yet to be done and I look forward to working with them in this new adventure."
While reporting to the Chancellor, Brodeur will also have a reporting relationship to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Edward T. Allenby, particularly in the preparation of strategic marketing materials for funding high-priority academic initiatives and in anticipation of a major University fund-raising campaign.
"I am supportive of the addition to the Chancellor's staff of someone charged with communication planning toward effecting a greater understanding, and therefore support, of the University," Allenby said. "Also, it is vital to the success of our fund-raising endeavors that there be close communication between the academic community and University Development staff."
Concurrent with Brodeur's move to the Chancellor's Office, Allenby announced management changes within Institutional Advancement. The University Relations, Communications and Publications units will report to Scott Brohinsky, director of governmental relations.
The Printing Services unit will report to Jeannine M. Upson, director of administrative services for Institutional Advancement.
Brohinsky and Upson will assume these responsibilities on an interim basis until the end of the fiscal year, at which time the future management structure of the units will be determined, Allenby said.
Also, as part of the realignment, the staff of the Barney House, the University's conference center in Farmington, which had reported to Brodeur, will now report to Thomas Q. Callahan, associate vice president for institutional advancement.
Brodeur came to the University of Connecticut in April 1994 from The Ohio State University, where he was the university's first Presidential Fellow. For some 10 years prior he was director of development, directing the highly successful Ohio State University Campaign, which raised some $460 million over five years. From 1978 to 1984 he was the first vice president for public affairs in the history of Northeastern University. He came to Boston after 13 years at Cornell University, where he was director of university relations.
He and his wife, Lennox, have three children: Jeffrey, an Associated Press staffer in Philadelphia; Jennifer, head athletic trainer at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky; and Amy, a junior at Michigan State University. Another son, Timothy, died in 1967.