UIS graduate Dana Perino will become White House press secretary on Sept. 14.
SPRINGFIELD – Dana Perino, a 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named White House Press Secretary, according to an announcement today by President George Bush. Perino, Deputy White House Press Secretary since 2006, will assume the position when current Press Secretary Tony Snow steps down on September 14.
Perino, 35, who graduated from UIS in 1995 with a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting, served as acting White House press secretary earlier this year when the White House announced that Snow was suffering from a recurrence of colon cancer. He returned to his post five weeks later before undergoing chemotherapy.
"We were extremely proud when Dana Perino was named deputy White House press secretary and very gratified to hear that she's now been named press secretary," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. "What a joy it is to learn of the accomplishments of our alums and to know that so many of them are succeeding in high ranking positions all over this nation and world. That is a great testimony to this institution."
While at UIS, Perino did a six-month internship with WCIA-TV through the PAR program. She wrote her thesis on "Digital Image Manipulation: Expanding the Limits of Visual Interpretation." She left Illinois after graduation to work in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) and later became press secretary to another Colorado Republican, Rep. Dan Schaefer. Before joining the White House press office, she worked as associate director of communications at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.