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November 28, 2012
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Director of External Affairs Announced

Gina KatzmarkGina Katzmark
Twin Ports native Gina Katzmark will join the University of Minnesota Duluth as the director of External Affairs, effective December 17. She currently serves as the associate director of communications at Wake Forest University Schools of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"Gina received strong support from the UMD community," said UMD Chancellor Black. "I am pleased that she will be bringing her outstanding media and marketing expertise to this key position on the Chancellor's Cabinet."

As director of External Affairs, Katzmark will provide leadership and cabinet-level administrative oversight to UMD's media and public relations, community relations, government relations, marketing, communication, publications and photography.

"I am honored to return home to serve as a passionate advocate for the people and programs of UMD," said Katzmark. "I look forward to being an ambassador of the 'Those Who Can, Duluth' brand while sharing UMD's success stories with the rest of the world."

A former television journalist, Katzmark began her career in Duluth as a reporter/producer and served in various managerial roles over 15 years including executive producer, managing editor and news director.

Katzmark earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is currently a Master of Business Administration degree candidate at Wake Forest University. She is the daughter of Edward and Kathleen Katzmark of Superior. She and her husband, Joshua Schmidt, will live in Duluth.

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