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Northern Today Extra - August 20, 2009

Kathryn BuettnerKathryn Buettner named NIU’s vice president for university relations

Kathryn (Swanson) Buettner has been named NIU’s new vice president for university relations in an announcement made today by President John Peters.

Buettner, who currently serves as vice president of external affairs at NIU, has been tapped by Peters to lead a newly consolidated university relations division that includes external affairs, board of trustee operations, public affairs, publications and media services. This reorganization of NIU’s communications departments within a single division of university relations takes effect immediately.

“In an era of declining state resources, NIU must rethink its communications strategies,” Peters stated. “Until now, NIU’s three primary communications departments (public affairs, publications and media services) have been located in three different university divisions.

“Kathy Buettner understands the changing world in which the university must operate and will do an outstanding job in bringing these three departments together to work in conjunction with campus representatives to develop a clear, concise, university message,” Peters stated.