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Middlebury College names new director and associate director of public affairs

February 27, 2007

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Sarah Ray, previously the associate director of public affairs at Middlebury College, has been named director of public affairs. Her colleague, Blair Kloman, until now a public affairs senior writer, will assume the position of associate director.

Sarah Ray

Ray joined the Middlebury College public affairs office in 1997 and has nearly 20 years experience in public relations. She began her career in advertising in New York City and later joined the book publishing industry, where she worked at Doubleday and Scribner's. After leaving New York for Vermont, Ray became manager of public relations for Bruegger's, the Burlington-based chain of bagel bakeries. In her new role at Middlebury College, she will lead the public affairs office's efforts to develop stories for the media about Middlebury students, faculty and staff. Ray is a 1985 graduate of Middlebury College.

Blair Kloman

Kloman came to Middlebury in 2006 with nearly 20 years experience in communications and education. Before joining Middlebury, she ran her own marketing and communications business, and was an advertising writer and creative director for agencies in Atlanta, New York and Burlington. In her new role at Middlebury College, she will be responsible for developing and writing press releases, maintaining media relationships, and helping to publicize noteworthy faculty achievements. Kloman graduated from Princeton University in 1986, and received a master's from Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English in 1994.

"The college's appointment of Sarah Ray and Blair Kloman to their respective roles in public affairs is a key move as the college continues to implement its strategic plan, developed in 2006," said Vice President of Communications Mike McKenna. "Now, more than ever, it is critical to have a strong public affairs team that can communicate, through the media, the many stories about Middlebury that demonstrate the unique liberal arts experience it provides, including a superior academic program and close interaction between students and faculty. These are the stories we need to tell as the college strives to develop the next generation of innovative thinkers and leaders."