Cornell Communications Executive To Lead Dartmouth Public Affairs

Hanover — Thomas W. Bruce, vice president of university communications at Cornell University, has been appointed senior vice president for public affairs at Dartmouth College. He will assume his new role, the college’s top communications position, in November.

Bruce has been a communications executive for more than two decades. In addition to his experience in higher education, he has worked in domestic and international settings with government agencies, foreign countries, nonprofits and private companies.

At Dartmouth, he will report to President Phil Hanlon and serve on the president’s senior leadership team.

“Tommy is a consensus builder with the creativity, energy and leadership ability necessary to elevate Dartmouth’s reputation in today’s competitive landscape,” Hanlon said in a recent news release. “He understands higher education and he appreciates Dartmouth’s unique qualities and opportunities. I look forward to working together.”

Since 2004, Bruce has led communications at Cornell, where he has been responsible for external and internal communications and marketing.

Cornell has more than 22,000 students in seven undergraduate colleges; a graduate school; and professional schools in business, medicine, law, and veterinary medicine.

At Dartmouth, Bruce’s communications role is an expanded position that includes leading communications and marketing efforts to promote the college’s learning experience and research. Working with Hanlon and senior leaders, Bruce will lead and manage Dartmouth’s media and public relations, creative and editorial services, web and new media, and marketing functions. Working with the Office of the Provost, he will also oversee Dartmouth’s government relations efforts.

Before joining Cornell in 2004, Bruce worked for two Washington, D.C., public affairs consultancies, for the Organization of American States, as a congressional staffer and in the Carter White House. He also spent two years as anchor of Congress This Week, a national television show broadcast on the Monitor Channel that focused on congressional newsmakers and policy analysis.

Bruce serves on the boards of directors of Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., and Sasha Bruce Youthworks Inc., the largest private, voluntary agency working with runaways in Washington, D.C.

He was born in Midland, Texas, and grew up in Paris. He holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and attended the University of Paris.