UM System hires new spokesman

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri system has a new spokesman.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ZAVV6f) that John Fougere takes over next week as chief communications officer for the University of Missouri System.

Fougere had been communications director for the Missouri Department of Economic Development since 2009. Before that, he was spokesman for then-Attorney General Jay Nixon from 2005 to 2009. He was also spokesman for the Department of Corrections from 1997 to 2005.

As spokesman for the university system Fougere will be paid $125,000 a year, the same salary as his predecessor, Jennifer Hollingshead. Hollingshead recently became marketing manager at MU Health Care.

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