Western names Althea Blackburn-Evans Chief Communications Officer

Althea Blackburn-Evans

Althea Blackburn-Evans has been named Western University’s first-ever Chief Communications Officer in a reorganized communications portfolio, President Alan Shepard announced today.

Reporting to the president, Blackburn-Evans will lead Western’s Communications & Public Affairs team in her new role beginning April 6, 2020.

Blackburn-Evans currently serves as Executive Director of Communications Strategy & Stakeholder Relations at the University of Toronto. Over the course of a 20-year career at U of T, her experience has covered the gamut from strategic planning, media, government and public relations, and issue and crisis management, to marketing, branding and editorial planning.

“Following a national search that attracted a strong pool of candidates, Althea was the choice of our recruitment committee,” said President Shepard. “She and the teams she has led at the University of Toronto have been recognized with several national and international awards for excellence in media and government relations. Her experience will add significantly to our team here at Western.”

Blackburn-Evans holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Queen’s University in Sociology and Women’s Studies as well as a certificate in public relations from Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education.

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Marnoch, Director, Media and Community Relations, 519-661-2111, ext. 85468, kmarnoch@uwo.ca

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