De Graffenreid to fill new MU vice chancellor position

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Ellen de Graffenreid, senior vice president for communications at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., has been named vice chancellor of marketing and communications at MU, effective Sept. 2.

De Graffenreid's duties will be to manage a team responsible for marketing and communications and to oversee the development and implementation of MU's brand, according to the job description on

This is a new position, she said.

Her parents are MU alumni, and de Graffenreid said she looks forward to coming to the campus.

"I have worked at several public universities, and it seems like Mizzou is a great fit for my skills," she said.

According to a release from the MU News Bureau:

De Graffenreid has served as director of communications and marketing for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina and the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center and as director of communications and donor relations at the Washington State University Foundation.

She has a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana University, a master's degree in Russian and Soviet history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in business administration from that university's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

She also has worked in several positions at the Hewlett-Packard Corp. and as a consultant for clients in the technology industry.

De Graffenreid will replace Mary Jo Banken, who has been serving as interim assistant to the chancellor for university affairs since Chris Koukola's retirement.

De Graffenreid's annual salary will be $220,000, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.

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