Steve Swan, vice president for university relations and community development at Western Washington University, is retiring at the end of 2016.
Swan’s department is responsible for internal and external marketing, communications, government relations, community relations, WWU’s Web Communication Technologies and its Small Business Development Center. He’s also been involved in planning special projects, such as the university’s planned development on the Bellingham waterfront.
He’s been at Western since 2008, when he left his native Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1976 pursued a varied career. He has run his own sports apparel business and has been assistant men’s basketball coach at UW Green Bay, a U.S. House member’s press secretary, and sports information director at UW Stevens Point.
In addition to his work at WWU, Swan is president-elect of the board of directors of the Whatcom Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to local groups.
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His resignation is effective Dec. 31. He plans to remain in the Bellingham area.