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Amherst College hires Pete Mackey as chief communications officer

Amherst College's new chief communications officer, Pete Mackey.

Amherst College's new chief communications officer, Pete Mackey.

Pete Mackey, vice president for communications and community relations at Bucknell University, was named to the newly created position by college president Carolyn “Biddy” Martin on Monday.

Martin sought the senior staff position as a means of having a person develop and lead a comprehensive communications program that brings together departments including advancement, admissions and student life. She made the selection based on a recommendation from a search committee.

“Pete’s experience, expertise and creative leadership will help us bring our communications to a new level,” Martin said. “His accomplishments as a writer and communicator and his academic background make Pete a good fit for Amherst, given our values and goals.”

Mackey said in a statement that he is humbled by Martin selecting him.

“Amherst exemplifies excellence in the liberal arts, and it is exciting to be given an opportunity to help tell the story of the faculty and students who bring that mission to life with such distinction in an era when I believe that mission matters more than ever,” Mackey said.

Mackey was named the first chief communications officer at Bucknell in 2006 and was named vice president there in 2008 and vice president for communications and community relations in 2011.

A New Jersey native, he earned his doctorate in 20th-century British literature and literary theory from the University of South Carolina.

He and his wife, Kyna, have two children, 4-year-old twin girls Rory and Danni.

Mackey will begin working at Amherst on March 24.

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