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Posted June 6, 2012


Carleton Announces New Communications Director

Carleton University announced the appointment of Mr. Don Cumming as Director, University Communications.

Ottawa - Mr. Cumming has served in a number of positions, including Associate Vice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations at Trent University. His experience also includes Director of Communications for the Government of Prince Edward Island, as well as communications and corporate policy in education and private industry. He holds an honours degree from York University and has completed the Senior University Administrators’ Course.

Don served as Trent’s primary communications contact with the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) where he chaired the Ontario University Public Affairs Council and the national Government Relations Officers’ network (GRO).

Mr. Cumming has volunteered extensively in his community, serving, for example, as President of the Community Counseling and Resource Centre, Chair of the Board of the 4th Line Theatre, Member of the Roberta Bondar Foundation, the Peterborough United Way Board and Campaign Committee, and the Chair of First Night Peterborough.

Carleton President, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, noted his experiences in strategic planning and community relations and said: “Don is a team player who knows universities and the issues facing them today. We very much look forward to welcoming Don to our senior team at Carleton.” Members of the search committee noted his work on preparing a communications plan and an emergency protocol and exercise at Trent as significant assets. They praised his sensitive and well-informed approach to dealing with issues management, government relations, corporate communications and his commitment to new social media.

Don Cumming served at Trent University since 2001. He will replace Jason MacDonald, who was recently recruited to work for the federal government.

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