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New Vice President for Communications

Andy Hirsch joined Swarthmore College on July 1 as vice president for communications.

With more than 17 years of communications experience, he was selected after a national search.

“Swarthmore has an incredible story to tell—rooted in its commitment to access, its sense of responsible citizenship, and its fundamental belief that broadly educated individuals can bring about meaningful positive change throughout society,” says Hirsch. “I am incredibly excited and grateful to join this community of intelligent, thoughtful, and creative people to help tell that story to the world.”

Hirsch joins Swarthmore from Bucknell University, where he started in 2011 as director of media communications and, since 2014, had served as chief communications officer. He led Bucknell’s editorial, photography, videography, graphic design, media relations, and print production efforts; website and social media channels; crisis communications; and mail services.

Prior to that, he worked as an Emmy Award- winning broadcast journalist in television markets across the country, including Columbus, Ohio, and Scranton, Pa. Hirsch earned a B.S. in both broadcast journalism and speech communication from Syracuse University.

At Swarthmore, he oversees all aspects of the Communications Office, including admissions and advancement communications, web and digital communications, media relations, and the Bulletin.