Cass Cliatt is the Vice President for Communications. Reporting directly to Brown President Christina Paxson, Cliatt conceives, implements, evaluates, and refines strategic communications to support and advance the institution’s goals and priorities. She stewards the public face of the institution, oversees media relations and constituent-based communications, and advises the president, senior officers, faculty, and other members of the University community on communications strategy and opportunities.
Cliatt leads a division that develops multi-platform communications solutions to serve the University, as well as an Identity Strategy to promote and elevate Brown's standing as a leading institution. The Office of University Communications prioritizes the active promotion of the University’s mission on and off campus.
The communications division includes the Office of News and Editorial Development, the Office of Marketing Communications, and production services, including Brown's Digital Print Facility and Copy Center. Cliatt also oversees the Brown Alumni Magazine. She serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and on the University’s Executive Committee.
Cliatt was formerly vice president for communications at Franklin & Marshall College with responsibility for strategic communications, branding and media relations, as well as all print and multimedia communications across the institution. Prior to that, she was director of news and editorial services at Princeton University and served as the institution’s chief spokesperson. Cliatt’s earlier career was in journalism, working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for major newspapers in Nebraska (Washington, D.C., correspondent), Michigan and Illinois. She also worked previously in government, serving as the deputy director of communications/policy for the Cook County Clerk’s Office in Chicago.
Cliatt received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.