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UCI Division of Continuing Education Appoints Scott Rutherford as Director of Marketing and Communications

IRVINE, Calif. – September 22, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of UC Irvine, has appointed Scott Rutherford as its director of marketing and communications. Rutherford will manage external marketing, public relations and branding for the unit of the university.

“With Rutherford’s extensive background in marketing and broadcasting, he will be a tremendous asset in directing our marketing initiatives,” said Gary Matkin, dean of continuing education at UC Irvine. “His new ideas will help our programs to grow locally, nationally and internationally.”

As director of marketing and communications, Rutherford will direct efforts to promote UC Irvine Extension’s more than 55 certificate and specialized study programs. He will also promote the school’s academic achievements in business, engineering and sciences, education, and the other departments. In addition, Rutherford will develop new branding and messaging during his tenure.

“UC Irvine Extension is a highly respected school nationally and abroad and is known for providing high-quality, rigorous coursework,” said Rutherford. “These classes help individuals reach their goals, both professionally and personally. I look forward to communicating the many ways our programs enrich people’s lives.”

Rutherford brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. Immediately prior to joining UC Irvine Extension, he held marketing management positions with professional services firms including business units of Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer. His earlier roles include work in background in print and radio journalism, including on-air work for stations in New York and Connecticut. He is an honors graduate of Emerson College and received a Masters of Business Administration from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

For more information about UC Irvine Extension and their certificate and specialized study programs, please visit extension.uci.edu or call 949-824-5414.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.