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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Former presidential press secretary joins Seattle University staff

Seattle University is getting a new vice president for communications: Scott McClellan, White House press secretary for former President George  W. Bush.

McClellan will begin his university appointment on Sept. 17, the Jesuit school said in a news release.

He will be responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing SU’s communications and marketing strategy, the statement said.

“Scott is an accomplished media specialist and public affairs strategist who brings a wealth of communications experience to our university community,” SU president Stephen Sundborg said in the release.  “We look forward to the many contributions he will make as we continue to elevate our regional, national and international profile.”

The news release says that McClellan’s family has a long history in higher education, and that his reason for wanting to work at a university is the same reason he went into politics: to serve and make a positive difference in the world.

After leaving his position at the White House, McClellan wrote a controversial memoir critical of the Bush Administration, What Happened, which topped the New York Times bestseller list.

Comments | Topics: George W. Bush, Scott McClellan, Seattle University

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