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Terry Wilson named executive directorof UT Austin’s Office of Community Relations

Terry Wilson, who has served as associate director of the Office of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin for the past five years, has been appointed executive director of the University’s Office of Community Relations.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Terry Wilson, who has served as associate director of the Office of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin for the past five years, has been appointed executive director of the University’s Office of Community Relations.

The newly created position will report to Dr. James Hill, vice president for human resources and community relations. Among Wilson’s duties will be overseeing the Neighborhood Longhorns Program, the University’s outreach centers and other efforts in University community affairs. He also will continue to serve as chairman of the Martin Luther King Statue Committee and will oversee the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition.

“I am very confident that Terry Wilson will be an excellent executive director for the Community Relations Division,” Hill said. “His relationship with the Austin and surrounding communities are extremely positive. His array of skills and exceptional experience in university and community relations, fundraising and outreach efforts will be an asset to the University.

“I am looking forward to working with Terry in this unique position as we go forward in achieving positive relations and communicating more effectively to our diverse constituencies throughout Texas communities.”

Wilson came to UT Austin in 1992 as a consultant to then-UT Austin President Robert M. Berdahl. He became associate director of the Office of Public Affairs a year later as part of a reorganization to improve the University’s external and internal communications.

Previously, Wilson worked as a public affairs consultant to the California Department of Conservation and for Muse Cordero Chen, a California and New York-based advertising agency (1990-92). Before that, he served as president of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif., and as the manager of the western division of Business Wire (1985-88), an international press relations wire service. He also worked at three international public relations agencies: Hill and Knowlton Inc., Edelman Worldwide, and Carl Boyer and Associates.