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The Cornell Alumni Association announced today that Jenny Barnett will become the eleventh Editor and Publisher to lead Cornell Alumni Magazine in its 115-year history. Barnett, a graduate of University of Oxford, brings more than twenty years of outstanding publishing experience to the new positon. She has served as the Executive Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire in the U.S. and was a founding editor of UK Marie Claire.

Barnett moved to Ithaca in 2009 with her husband and three children. Since fall 2010, she has been a lecturer in Cornell’s Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she developed a new course on Writing and Editing for the Media and spearheaded the establishment of a Professional Development Concentration. Barnett also serves as a judge for both the Clarion Awards and the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards.

Bill Howard ’74, chair of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Advisory Board and Search Committee said: “Jenny has the experience and vision to lead the Alumni Magazine into a bright and successful future and develop the brand across multiple platforms.”

Barnett, who in her earlier magazine roles managed editorial and staff, also played a leading role in planning health and human rights campaigns, developing brand extensions and events, and generating publicity and marketing opportunities. During her time at Bazaar and Marie Claire, both titles saw significant increases in circulation and won a variety of industry awards and accolades, including the Amnesty International Award for Journalism.

Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, said, “I have never been prouder that an alumnus of Bazaar is now the editor of Cornell Alumni Magazine. Working with Jenny was its own education; she is an exceptional editor and I learned something new every day.”

“While I am thoroughly enjoying teaching,” said Barnett, “I miss the hands-on creative process, and I am thrilled to be taking on the position of Editor and Publisher at such a significant moment in Cornell’s history. I look forward to building on CAM’s success, engaging alumni, and celebrating this remarkable university and community.”

Cornell Alumni Magazine’s previous Editor and Publisher, Jim Roberts ’71, retired in the summer after 14 years leading the publication. Barnett will assume her new role in December 2014. In the interim, the magazine is being led by Senior Editor Beth Saulnier and Associate Publisher Adele Robinette.

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