Concordia University. University Communications Services

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Concordia University. University Communications Services

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The University Communications Services unit (UCS) has its origins with the adoption in 1996 of a new University structure of the senior administration. Under the portfolio of the Vice-Rector, Institutional Relations and Secretary General, it was planned to combine Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Information Services to have a better synergy among University departments that were concerned with communications. The intention was to improve the Concordia’s institution image and communication strategy, both internally and externally. However, a complete integration took a few years to be realized, with various steps and administrative changes. In 1998 was created the position of Executive Director of Communications to oversee departments mentioned above and also including Translation Services. The position was held by Maria Paradiso, from April 1998 to January 2001, followed by Dennis Murphy, from January 2001 to December 2004. Under the mandate of the latter, at the end of 2001, the functions of the Public Relations Department were divided between two new departments: Public Affairs and Internal Relations & Communications. In January 2005, John Parisella – who had been chair of the Board of Governors Communications Committee – was appointed Special Communications Advisor to the President and became the head of the departments that were concerned with communications, and he directly reported to the President. Under his mandate, the integration of the areas of Internal and Web Communication, Marketing Communications, and Media Relations was achieved in 2006, as the University Communications Services unit. On June 1, 2009, the Creative Media Services part of IITS, was transferred to University Communications Services.


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Created on 2016-04-22




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