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Steven Barnes: Penn Law Associate Dean of Communications

December 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 15


Steven Barnes, a strategic communications expert in the non-profit and higher education sectors, has joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School as associate dean for communications.

Most recently, Mr. Barnes served as director of communications and as a senior fellow at the William J. Clinton Foundation. He was previously assistant dean of public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In his new role, Mr. Barnes will create and implement communications strategies to express Penn Law’s unique and distinguishing characteristics to a wide array of internal and external audiences.

“We are thrilled to have Steve’s expertise and innovative vision on board,” Penn Law Dean Michael Fitts said. “Steve comes to the Law School at an exciting moment in our history and in the field of communications. Over the past 10 years, Penn Law has developed a cross-disciplinary program that is unrivaled among the leading law schools, while maintaining the culture of community that is our hallmark. During that same period, communications in higher education has shifted from primarily print and basic internet to interactive, user-centered web 2.0. The opportunity to share our vision and continue our momentum forward has never been greater. Now is the time to bring on board a strategic thinker who can help us communicate our excitement and energy. Steve is just that person.”

“I’m excited to join Penn Law, an institution at the forefront of cross-disciplinary legal education and scholarship,” said Mr. Barnes. “I look forward to working and engaging with the faculty, students and staff to help communicate the depth, rigor and impacts of Penn Law’s curriculum and research, inside and outside of the classroom.”

Mr. Barnes holds a master’s in international relations from Salve Regina University and a BA from Salem State College.


Almanac - December 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 15