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New Media Expert Joins Georgian Court

Appointee Brings Valuable Experiences in Design, Production

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 31, 2009—Web design and development veteran Christopher Weir is Georgian Court University’s new director of Web and electronic communications.

Mr. Weir, who earned a B.A. in Architecture and English at Lehigh University and an M.S. in Communications Packaging Design from the Pratt Institute, is responsible for planning and maintaining www.georgian.edu and its increasing reach across social media platforms like FlickR, Facebook, Twitter, and GCU blogs.

The Oceanport, New Jersey, resident joins GCU’s Marketing and External Affairs Division, where he will also work on the university’s strategic plan for Web site development, standards, and content guidelines.

Mr. Weir, who has more than a decade of experience in online operations, most recently worked at ArcMesa.org, an online content developer that provides continuing education programs for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. While there, Mr. Weir worked in Web design, produced streaming media and podcasts, and managed the site’s content.

“Chris Weir brings a wealth of experience in systems administration, art direction, and graphic design to Georgian Court University. We are excited to add him to a talented Web team as we redesign our site to take advantage of social networking and interactive technology,” says Ruth Ann Burns, vice president for marketing and external affairs.

Mr. Weir honed his skills during his years with RoadmasterUSA.com, Becker-Jani Advertising, and Architectural Record Magazine. As a freelance art director, Mr. Weir worked with such clients as Roche Pharmaceuticals, Standard & Poor’s, PC Magazine, and Citibank Investment Services.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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