NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2016 — Barnard College has appointed Justin Harmon as vice president for communications, effective Jan. 17, 2017. Harmon comes to the College with more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Since 2013, he has served as vice president for communications at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. As the chief communications officer reporting to the president, Harmon was instrumental in leading all aspects of their communications strategy and overseeing government relations. He also played a key role in the complex transition to a tuition-based model and in efforts to raise awareness of Cooper’s distinctive pedagogy and culture.

At Barnard, Justin will lead Barnard’s communications team and work closely with senior staff to advance the College’s strategic goals. In a letter to the Barnard College community, President Debora L. Spar said, “[Justin] will play an integral role in shaping and supporting communications around Barnard’s major initiatives—from the capital campaign, The Bold Standard, and the new teaching and learning center, to efforts on issues such as diversity and divestment.”

Prior to his role at The Cooper Union, Harmon held senior-level positions in communications, development and public affairs at the University of New Hampshire, Princeton University and Wesleyan University. He began his career in higher education serving as director of communications at Princeton, his alma mater, from 1987 until 2000. 

Founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, as the world-renowned liberal arts college for women at Columbia University, Barnard remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional. For more information on the College or Justin Harmon’s appointment, contact Barnard Media Relations at 212-854-2037 or