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Announcing a Change in University Leadership

April 30, 2024

Dear members of the Saint Louis University community,

I write to inform you of a change in University leadership.

Anita Borgmeyer, vice president of marketing and communications since June 2022, has shared with me that she will resign her position effective May 23, 2024. Anita plans to return to her prior employer to take on a newly created position there.

In the nearly two years since Anita assumed leadership of Marcom, she has had a significant and positive impact on the division. Under her skillful leadership, the division has developed a client-service focus, fostering strong partnerships across the University. With an emphasis on collaboration, her team has implemented creative and compelling marketing, PR and communications strategies that help build SLU’s reputation locally and nationally.

Her team’s partnership with Enrollment Management, for example, has greatly improved its promotion of a SLU education to high school juniors and seniors, and their families. Schools and colleges are benefiting from Marcom's services to enhance their own marketing initiatives and elevate their academic and research excellence.

Visual storytelling has grown significantly, with professionally produced photography and videography highlighting the distinct beauty of SLU’s campus and community.

For several months, Anita and her Marcom colleagues have been working with faculty, staff and students to redesign the University website. We expect our new website to be unveiled in a phased rollout this fall.

Finally, Anita is viewed as a valued and trusted colleague in critical discussions and decision-making. She places a strong value on listening and understanding, and on amplifying the strengths of her colleagues and team. She consistently elevates Jesuit values and gives voice to the perspectives of students, families and community members.

We will consider the timing of the launch of a search to identify the next permanent division director. In the meantime, after consultation with the division and others, I intend to appoint an acting vice president of marketing and communications. This person will continue to strengthen the level of marketing and communications services provided to schools, colleges, divisions and the University.

In the weeks ahead, please share your thanks and best wishes to Anita. We are deeply grateful for her contributions to SLU, and wish her well in her new role.


Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.