Vice president for communications Lisa Rudgers leaves to start consulting practice

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 5:58pm

Lisa Rudgers, University of Michigan vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives, is leaving to start a consulting practice. 

Rudgers has worked at the University since 2011 and was responsible for the communication strategies that made the University more visible locally, nationally and internationally. She also advised deans, directors, executive officers and the president regarding communications and oversaw the University's central communications activities, such as media relations, public affairs, marketing, web, social media, the Freedom of Information Office and Michigan Radio. 

Rudgers announced on Facebook that she will join her consulting partner Julie Peterson, who served as an administrator for communications at the University from 2000 to 2007, to launch their firm called Peterson Rudgers Group. The firm will officially launch Sept. 1 and is set to focus on strategic planning, vision and goal setting, communications and leadership, and organizational development for higher education and related institutions — including colleges, universities, foundations, nonprofits and startups. 

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald confirmed Rudgers was leaving the University, with her last day set for Aug. 31.

"Those of us in the communications department have certainly enjoyed the privilege to work with her," Fitzgerald told MLive.

As for now, Fitzgerald said no decision has been made regarding an interim for Rudgers' position, and that the decision will be made by the president's office.

University President Mark Schlissel said in a statement that Rudgers' knowledge and professionalism will be missed.

"Lisa has invariably provided me and the institution with outstanding service and sage advice across a broad and ever-changing array of issues and challenges," Schlissel said. "I will miss her professionalism and her personal warmth and enthusiasm."