UMaine's John Diamond to Join University of Arkansas As Vice Chancellor

The University of Arkansas said Tuesday that John Diamond has been appointed as vice chancellor of university relations, effective Sept. 27.

Diamond now serves as the executive director of external affairs for the University of Maine System. He was a democrat Maine state representative from 1980 through 1988, and was house majority leader from 1984 through 1988.

The U of M system consists of seven universities and nine regional outreach centers.

Before moving the system office, Diamond was director of public affairs at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine's land-grant institution. The U of M system had 32,340 total students enrolled last year; about 11,867 were on the U of M main campus in Orono.

In July, the University of Arkansas predicted it would have about 21,000 students enrolled at its Fayetteville campus this fall. A final tally is due later this week.

Diamond replaces Tysen Kendig, who left in late January for a strategic communications job at the University of Iowa at Iowa City. Kendig had joined the university in August 2006.

"John has an extensive knowledge in senior communications and will be a strategic leader in the office of university relations," Brad Choate, vice chancellor of university advancement, said in a prepared statement. "I am confident that he will serve our institution well. I am very impressed with his knowledge of higher education communications."

The university said the search committee reviewed more than 150 applications and unanimously agreed on Diamond.

Diamond received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1977 and a master's degree in speech communications both from the University of Maine, the UA said. He is also completing a doctoral degree in communication and public administration.