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Brent Colburn will join UCOP as senior vice president of External Relations and Communications

UC has selected Brent Colburn to be the next senior vice president of External Relations and Communications for UCOP — as approved on June 23 by the Board of Regents.

Brent Colburn will lead External Relations and Communications for UCOP

Brent brings more than two decades of high-level experience across higher education, the nonprofit sector, the federal government, and national politics to this systemwide role. He joins the university at a pivotal time marked by a new presidential administration, the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and a focus on social justice reform, climate change innovation and medical breakthroughs.

“The depth and breadth of Brent’s experience and his clear commitment to public service are remarkable,” said President Michael V. Drake, M.D., noting that Colburn was the advisory committee’s unanimous choice following a nationwide search. “We are very fortunate to have him join UC; he will be a tremendous asset to advancing UC’s influence and impact.”

As senior vice president, Brent’s broad portfolio will include all university-wide internal and external communications and outreach, state and federal governmental relations, advancement and alumni relations in support of UC’s tripartite mission of education, research and public service.

Colburn is currently the vice president for communications and public affairs at Princeton University, where he oversees communications, government relations and community affairs. He also serves as a member of the university’s cabinet, working with Princeton’s board of trustees, the president and senior leaders to manage the institution’s affairs and to implement strategic initiatives.

“I’d like to thank President Drake and the Board of Regents for this opportunity to serve the students, faculty and staff of UC,” said Colburn. “The university’s unparalleled commitment to teaching, research and service changes lives and strengthens communities. It is hard to imagine an institution better positioned to contribute to the greater good at this critical moment for California and our nation, and I look forward to being a part of the university’s vital work.”

Brent will begin his position with UC at the end of August.

Read the full announcement at the UC Newsroom

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