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Published May 11, 2011, 09:00 PM

UND Pres. Kelley Wants External Affairs Office, Vice President

After a record-setting year, officials at the University of North Dakota are looking at ways to enhance the future. One way might include strengthening the school's external communication.

After a record-setting year, officials at the University of North Dakota are looking at ways to enhance the future. One way might include strengthening the school's external communication.

In a written statement released Wednesday, UND president Robert Kelley announced an idea to help the school share its accomplishments in a stronger way.

Student enrollment and programs have been growing.

"The school of medicine is adding a masters in public health, offered jointly by UND and NDSU. (It's) the first program of its kind that we're aware of," vice president of UND finance and operations Alive Brekke said.

And according to a statement from Kelley, milestones like these need to be known. Kelley couldn't be at a University Council meeting Wednesday, but his statement outlined the potential for a new office of external affairs under the advisory of a new position, a vice president.

"We need to find a more strategic approach to telling our story, to managing our key communication processes at all levels," Brekke said.

The office of external affairs would be similar to a university relations department, but on a much bigger scale. The vice president would oversee marketing, public and media relations, government and community relations and a link to alumni. It's part of a vision Kelley has for enhancing the university's future.

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