Day named assistant vice president for Princeton Office of Communications

Daniel Day

Daniel Day

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Daniel Day, who has led the Princeton University Office of Communications on an acting basis for the past year, has been named assistant vice president in charge of the office.

The appointment was announced by University Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee, to whom Day will continue to report.

"Over this past year Dan has provided very effective leadership for the communications office while also overseeing a substantial reorganization of its structure and reinvigoration of its mission, and he has earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues in the office and throughout the University," Durkee said. "I look forward to working closely with Dan as we continue to strengthen his office's capacities to communicate on behalf of the University — and to assist others in communicating — to its many constituencies."

The AVP oversees the Office of Communications and plays a leadership role in developing and carrying out communication strategies for the University. Day collaborates with communication colleagues from other campus departments while also providing guidance on overall University strategies and priorities. 

"It is a great honor to lead the dedicated and talented communications staff at Princeton," Day said. "I am very fortunate to work with them and so many committed colleagues across campus in telling compelling stories of the University's teaching and research mission to audiences worldwide."

The Office of Communications reports and illustrates University news, oversees media relations, designs publications, and manages the University's primary website and social media channels, among other duties.

Day has been acting director of communications since July 2014. He joined the staff in 2012 as director of news and editorial services. He came to Princeton from The Modesto Bee newspaper in California, where over seven years he served as managing editor and director of interactive media and audience development.

Prior to that, Day worked briefly with the Stern and Associates public relations firm in Cranford, New Jersey. He spent 23 years with The Associated Press as a reporter, editor and executive in bureaus at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Seattle; San Francisco; and Trenton, New Jersey; as well as at headquarters in New York City.

He began his career as a reporter with The Daily Times in Ottawa, Illinois, after receiving a master's degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He earned a bachelor's degree in the classics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.