The University of Connecticut has hired a new vice president of communications at an annual salary of $227,500.
Tysen Kendig, who was vice president for strategic communication at the University of Iowa, will oversee a staff of about 30 in the office of communications, which includes news and information, marketing, multimedia, Internet and design services. He starts in mid-January.
UConn President Susan Herbst said in a news release on the UConn Today website: "How aggressively we communicate about ourselves and tell our story as an institution is one of the essential components of our success as a top public university. Tysen is without question the right person to lead this critical effort in the years to come, and I am thrilled that he will be joining us here at UConn."
Kendig, who was selected by UConn after a national search, said in the same UConn Today news release that as natives of the Northeast: "My family and I are ecstatic to be returning 'home' to join one of the most vibrant public universities in America. I'm impressed by the vision and energy that President Herbst has brought to the institution, and am excited to join her leadership team and a fantastic communications staff."