Loretta Ucelli, former assistant to the president and director of communications for President Clinton, will assume the role on April 5. Ucelli joins Columbia from Edelman, where she served as EVP and advised corporate and public sector clients. Her professional career began in journalism.
Ucelli's White House duties include communications on the economy, education, trade, environment, health care, and foreign policy. She also served in the Clinton administration as associate administrator for communications, education and public affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"It is an honor for me to join a great institution like Columbia University," Ms. Ucelli said in a press release. "Through its rigorous academic offerings and first-rate faculty and staff, Columbia is contributing significantly to the vitality of New York City and helping to build a better world."
Columbia is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with a variety of activities.