2008-07-31 / News

Quinn named a vice president at Brown University

Marisa Quinn Marisa Quinn Brown President Ruth J. Simmons announced this week that Marisa Quinn, currently assistant to the president, has been named vice president for public affairs and university relations.

Quinn, from Jamestown, who is currently a member of the President's Cabinet and the Executive Committee, will begin her duties Aug. 1 succeeding Michael Chapman.

"It would be difficult to imagine anyone better suited by education, knowledge, temperament and direct experience to the role of vice president for public affairs and university relations," Simmons said in an email message to the campus community. "Marisa's knowledge of national and international politics, community issues, communications practices, government relations and the Brown community will enable her to lead the PAUR office in building on their exceptional work."

Quinn graduated in 1986 with a degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island and earned her master's degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in 1991.

Before coming to Brown, she served as legislative aide to Sen. Claiborne Pell on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and the Humanities; policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Jim Florio; chief of communications and public information at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and public affairs specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Quinn has been at Brown since 1999.

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