KU News Release


March 10, 2011
Contact: Jack Martin, University Communications, 785-864-7100

KU names vice chancellor for public affairs

Timothy Caboni


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LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has named Timothy Caboni of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development to serve as vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas.

Caboni is associate dean for external relations and professional education at Peabody, which is the top-ranked school of education in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report. He also is an associate professor of the practice of public policy and higher education.

“Tim’s background in higher education policy, communications and public relations is wonderful preparation for this position,” said Gray-Little. “He emerged from a strong national pool of candidates because of this experience, and because of his work with alumni, development and marketing.

“Tim believes in institutional transformation because he’s been a part of it at Peabody. With his energy and eagerness to join the Jayhawk family, I know he’ll be successful in helping us raise KU’s stature here and around the world.”

The vice chancellor for public affairs oversees communications, outreach and government relations for the university. In this role, Caboni will be responsible for carrying out a strategic communications agenda that elevates the university’s reputation and status at the international, national, state and local levels. He’ll also have responsibility for primary internal and external communications and the integration of messages across all KU campuses, affiliates and partners.

“I could not be more excited and humbled to join the University of Kansas and Chancellor Gray-Little’s leadership team,” Caboni said. “KU is a national and international leader in knowledge discovery, instruction and patient care with a tremendous story to be told. I look forward to working with the chancellor and the rest of the university community to get that message out to as many people as possible in a clear and compelling way.”

Caboni has served as associate dean at Peabody since 2005. During that time, he oversaw enhancements in the school’s external relations and communications that tripled the number of national news media mentions for the school and contributed to the school rising to No. 1 in the U.S. News rankings of graduate schools of education. He also oversaw and administered all professional degree programs for the college and served as founding chair of the Peabody Professional Institutes program.

Caboni is also a teacher and researcher. At Vanderbilt, he has taught courses on higher education management, fundraising, marketing and communications. He has also published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, presented at more than 40 conferences and served as the principal investigator on several grant projects.

Before arriving at Vanderbilt, Caboni was a senior development officer at Loyola University and before that, an assistant director of alumni relations at Loyola.

He holds a doctorate in leadership and policy studies from Vanderbilt, a master’s in organizational and corporate communication from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s in speech communication and rhetoric from Louisiana State University.

Caboni will begin his KU service on June 1.


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