Kim Promoted to AVP, Davis Named Senior Advisor to the President, and PubCom Renamed
Lewis & Clark’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications—known by many as PubCom—has been reorganized and rebranded as the Office of Communications. It will be led by Stacey Kim BA ’94, who has been promoted to the new role of associate vice president for communications. Lois Davis has been appointed to the new role of senior advisor to the president for communications.
“The combined experience and expertise of Stacey and Lois, along with the entire communications team, will strengthen and broaden L&C’s ability to tell its story and promote the great things that happen on Palatine Hill,” Vice President, Chief of Staff, General Counsel, and Board Secretary Dave Reese said.
Kim has been Lewis & Clark’s director of marketing and communications since 2015. She is a native Portlander who has loved L&C since first visiting campus as a high school senior. After graduating with a double major in French studies and sociology/anthropology, she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa; earned an MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and served as a translator in Paris before working for 10 years as an editor in Boston. When the pull of Portland finally proved too strong, she moved back to town in 2009. After five years in Reed College’s public affairs office, she returned to her roots at L&C, where she has led our marketing team for over six years. She has been the interim associate vice president for marketing since Joe Becker left the institution this summer.
Davis, who had joined L&C in a temporary capacity as interim associate vice president for public relations following Roy Kaufman’s departure, has served in multiple high-level public affairs and governmental roles over her career. Most recently the vice president for public affairs and chief of staff at Portland State University, Davis previously worked for over 20 years at OHSU as director of government relations, director of corporate relations, and ultimately as vice president of public affairs. She began her career as press secretary to then-U.S. Representative Ron Wyden after earning a BS in journalism from the University of Oregon. Davis has agreed to stay on at L&C in her new role, bringing her skills and experience to one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges.
The Office of Communications, led by Kim and reporting to the chief of staff, will continue to create and implement strategic integrated communications initiatives in support of our student recruitment, development, and image-building goals. They manage the L&C website and social media platforms, publish L&C Magazine, and tell the Lewis & Clark story to both internal and external audiences. Davis, located in the Manor House and reporting to the president, will oversee presidential and other Executive Council communications as well as crisis communications.