After a national search, Grinnell College has named a leader for the college’s communications operation. On December 5, Jim Reische will begin his position as Grinnell’s first vice-president for communications.
Reische has worked within the Office of University Development at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for the past four years as editor and senior writer and most recently as campaign strategist and assistant campaign director. Prior to his time in the development office, Jim worked with the University of Michigan Press, one of the nation’s leading academic presses.
“Jim has demonstrated success in building comprehensive communications plans and aligning campus constituencies to build awareness and gain both internal and external support for academic and philanthropic goals,” said Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., adding, “He values an inclusive leadership style and is dedicated to capturing our mission, history, commitment to diversity, and our innovative, inquiry-based learning model while building a strategic vision for our communications function.”
Reische holds a B.A. in social sciences and an M.A. in Russian history from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in area studies from Harvard.