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Harry Paidas Named Chair of Communication and Assistant to the President for Community Affairs and Special Projects

July 2, 2009

Harry PaidasHarry Paidas, who has served as the chief public affairs officer at Mount Union College for the past 26 years, has been named to chair the College’s department of communication as well as serve as the assistant to the president for community affairs and special projects.

The hybrid position will include fulltime faculty status for Paidas and he will continue to work with President Richard Giese to enhance college-community relations.

Paidas has been teaching part-time in the department of communication during his career at Mount Union and with the new appointment, will be leading an academic program with a large number of majors.

“With this appointment, I believe we will be getting the best that Harry Paidas offers,” Giese said.  “He has been an excellent teacher, a strong leader and a hard worker throughout his career at Mount.  His combination of skills will benefit our students in and out of the classroom and our community will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

Paidas, a native of Warren, Ohio, is a 1974 graduate of Mount Union College and a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a master of science degree in journalism. Prior to working at Mount Union, Paidas held public relations positions with Wittenberg University, Capital University and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

Active in the Alliance community, he is currently serving as the chair of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Board and as the chair of the Canton Stark County Visitor’s Bureau. He also serves or has served on the boards of the Alliance Community Hospital Foundation, Alliance Country Club, Carnation Festival and Alliance Area United Way.  He was named the 2008 Alliance Citizen of the Year for his well-established history of loyalty to Alliance and unselfishly works for the betterment of others in the community.

Paidas also serves as the chair of the One Book One Community committee, which he was instrumental in founding in Alliance in 2003. He has been a driving force behind the popular Farmers’ Market, which has drawn an overwhelming number of local food shoppers to downtown Alliance.

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