Vice President of University Relations
Steve is in his seventh year serving as the Vice President for University Relations and Community Development at Western. The Division includes Internal and External Marketing, Communications, Government Relations, Community Relations, Web Communication Technologies and the Small Business Development Center. He is also responsible for special projects as assigned by the President, including WWU’s Western Crossing development on the waterfront in Bellingham.
Swan came to Western Washington University from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he was the Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement from 1995 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2009. In between he was the President of Ultimate Sports Apparel of Green Bay, a company he founded in 2000. Before moving into administration, he was an assistant men’s basketball coach under former UW-Green Bay Head Coach Dick Bennett from 1985 to 1995. He was the sports information director, men’s basketball recruiter and an assistant football coach at UW-Stevens Point from 1977 through 1985. In 1976 he served as the press secretary to Congressman Robert J. Cornell in Washington, D.C.
A native of De Pere, WI, Swan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1976. He and his wife, Karen, a registered nurse in Western Health Services; have two daughters, Melissa, a curriculum coordinator in the Green Bay Public School System, and Kristin, a graduate of Western Washington University who is the Office Manager at Performance Health Northwest in Bellingham.