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John Diamond (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION John Diamond, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce introduces new president, John Porter on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — John Diamond, a longtime administrator with the University of Maine System, has been named associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas, that school announced Tuesday.

Diamond, 55, starts his new job on Sept. 27.

“It’s a big move but an exciting one,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve lived in Maine all my life. You can take the Mainer out of Maine, but you can’t take the Maine out of a Mainer.”

Diamond leaves for Arkansas after spending 21 years with the University of Maine System, most recently as executive director of external affairs. At the system office, his responsibilities included oversight of media relations, marketing, brand management, publications, website management, public opinion research, advocacy and special events. He also was the official spokesman and chief speechwriter for the chancellor and board of trustees.

Before moving to the system office, Diamond was director of public affairs at the University of Maine. He also served as an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications there.

Outside of the university, Diamond served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives during the 1980s, including two terms as House majority leader. He has been active in many community groups, including most recently as chairman of the board of directors for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

He was selected from 150 applicants for the post at the University of Arkansas, the school announced. His salary will be $156,000.

“John has an extensive knowledge in senior communications and will be a strategic leader in the office of university relations,” said Brad Choate, vice chancellor for university advancement. “I am confident that he will serve our institution well. I am very impressed with his knowledge of higher education communications.”

Diamond received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1977 and a master’s degree in speech communications, both from the University of Maine. He now is completing a doctoral degree in communication and public administration.

He lives in Glenburn with his wife, Marcia LaRochelle Diamond, a local elementary school principal. They have one adult child and two others in college.

“I am very excited to join the University of Arkansas, one of the best public universities in the U.S.,” Diamond said. “Its faculty are highly regarded as teachers and scholars, and they, along with a truly student-centered staff, maintain a very stimulating campus environment. It has all of the strong attributes that one would want in its state’s land-grant, flagship university.”

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