SRU hires Ken Bach to lead University Marketing and Communication


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Slippery Rock University announced a new leader, Ken Bach, for its Office of University Marketing and Communication.

May 30, 2024

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University has hired Ken Bach as its senior director of university marketing and communication. Bach will be responsible for all aspects of internal and external communication on behalf of SRU, including media relations, creative editorial and design services, website development, government relations and more. He will lead the staff that comprises SRU's Office of University Marketing and Communication and he will be the primary media contact and spokesperson for the University. Bach will begin his role at SRU on Sept. 1.

"We are excited to have Ken join SRU and apply his expertise and leadership skills to benefit all areas of our campus community," said SRU President Karen Riley. "SRU has a great story to tell, and Ken and his team will help us connect with our audiences and continue to enhance the University's reputation. We look forward to having Ken collaborate with internal and external partners to achieve SRU's goal of becoming a first-choice organization."

Bach brings extensive background in communication and marketing, including more than 20 years' experience at three institutions. He was most recently the associate vice president of communications and marketing at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and prior to that he was executive director of university communications and marketing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

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He served as executive director at the City University of New York, Staten Island campus, and appointments outside of higher education included interim executive director and CEO of Historic Richmond Town of the Staten Island Historical Society and stage manager and handler for Liza Minnelli, the Academy Award-winning actress and singer.

"I'm inspired by the vibrant academic community of learners and leaders at SRU, energized by the student-centric culture where every student's potential is valued, and impressed by the transformative impact our alumni bring to Pennsylvania and across the country," Bach said. "I look forward to fostering an inclusive environment, collaborating with faculty and staff, and implementing strategic initiatives with an outstanding communications team that highlights the transformative journey of our students."

A native of Hawley, Bach earned his bachelor's degree in communication arts and English from St. John's University in Queens, New York.

More information about the University Marketing and Communication Office at SRU is available online.

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