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    OCTOBER 28, 2004
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Raymond L. Betzner hired as communications director


As part of a comprehensive reorganization to enhance Temple University’s public relations efforts, Raymond L. Betzner has been named director of communications, effective Oct. 11.

“Ray has been a leader in higher education public relations for more than 15 years,” said Mark Eyerly, Temple’s chief communications officer. “He brings a tremendous wealth of experience to Temple and will help us do a much better job of telling the Temple story: improving academic rigor, a growing faculty and student body, more than $400 million in new construction and renovation projects, an increasing research enterprise and a rising residential student population, just to name a few of the exciting things happening at Temple today.”

As communications director, Betzner manages the gathering and distribution of news about Temple to audiences on and off campus. This includes working with journalists nationally and regionally as well as overseeing the University’s weekly newspaper, the Temple Times, and managing communications staff on the Main Campus and at Temple’s Health Sciences Campus.

“This is an exciting time to be at Temple,” Betzner said. “I look forward to helping others understand the extraordinary changes, achievements and opportunities that are available at one of the largest, most comprehensive and diverse universities in America.”

Betzner previously served as director of college communications at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster for nine years. Prior to that, he was a lead member of the university relations staff at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Betzner is a journalism graduate from West Virginia University. He was a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in West Virginia and Virginia before entering public relations.