kevin galvinKevin Galvin, a former Boston Globe editor who is senior communications director for Harvard University, is trading Cambridge for Tempe as he takes the top communications post at Arizona State University.

Galvin  will take over as VP for media relations and strategic communications for Virgil Renzulli, who held the post for 12 years and is taking a faculty position in ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

ASU named a new chief marketing officer, Dan Dillon, in September, part of university president Michael Crow's "New American University" push to make it a global institution.

Galvin handled PR for Harvard's management and $32B endowment, in addition to directing news and media relations. He joined the Ivy League institution in 2008 after stints as deputy national editor and technology and innovation editor at the Globe. He started out with the Associated Press in Beantown before posts in Washington and Latin America.

He has degrees from Emerson College, Georgetown University and the Univ. of Southern California.