NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Peter McDonough, former director of communications under New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and founding partner of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, has been named Rutgers University’s new vice president for public affairs.
McDonough will serve as the chief adviser to university president Richard McCormick, Rutgers governing boards and other university leaders on matters involving state, federal and local governments; New Jersey businesses; civic and community groups; and nonprofit organizations. He also will be responsible for developing and directing strategies for outreach and advocacy.
McDonough succeeds Jeannine LaRue, who served as the university’s vice president for public affairs since 2007.
As director of communications, McDonough served as one of Gov. Whitman’s principal strategic advisers. He also served as chief of staff in the state Department of the Treasury. On the federal level, McDonough served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Dean A. Gallo of Morris County and as an associate staff member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.