Mattia stepping down, Stauderman stepping up as chief communications officer

Thomas G. Mattia, Yale’s chief communications officer (CCO) and director of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC), will retire at the end of the calendar year. He will be succeeded by Elizabeth Stauderman, currently his deputy at OPAC, who will take up the post of CCO and special assistant to the president on Jan. 1.

“After his impressive career serving a set of multinational enterprises including Coca-Cola and Ford, Rick Levin and I felt fortunate to have recruited Tom to come to Yale to consolidate a number of communications efforts across the campus and to work with those in the schools to shape a strategic plan that has Yale more ambitiously employing new media,” said Vice President Linda Lorimer in a letter to Yale deans and directors. “As but one example, OPAC is preparing to launch the new University news and information website — Yale News — which is an evolution of the Yale Daily Bulletin launched last year.”

Stauderman has long ties with the University. A graduate of Yale College (1983) and Yale Law School (2004), she was associate dean for communications and strategy at the Yale School of Management for five years before joining OPAC. Earlier in her career she led the Law School’s Office of Public Affairs, and even earlier headed the Divinity School’s Office of Graduate and External Relations. In addition to her Yale experience, Stauderman was associate dean for external affairs at the University of Richmond Law School, and worked at IBM and with a New York advertising agency.

“Many of you already have worked with Elizabeth, and know first hand her considerable talents as well as her energy, her enthusiasm, and her love for Yale,” noted Lorimer. “We look forward to collaborating closely with Elizabeth and the OPAC team in promoting our institution and telling the great stories of Yale.”

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