Larry Hincker, the associate VP for university relations who helped "brand" Virginia Tech and led the institution's PR through a 2007 campus shooting, will retire this year after 25 years in Blacksburg.
Brown University has kicked off a search for a VP of public affairs and university relations as current VP Marisa Quinn is slated to move into a new role at the Ivy League institution's Watson Institute for International Studies.
Kevin 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.
The appointment of Paula Payton as director of Strategic Communication, Marketing and Media Mgmt. programs at New York University, a title that drops "PR" although there is still an M.S. in PR and corp. comms., may herald a new era in this section of NYU.
The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies has adopted the new name of Strategic Communication, Marketing and Media Management for a department that offers graduate degree programs and noncredit offerings in PR, marketing and graphic communications. Removal is part of trend to discard PR in business/educational worlds. Program founder John Doorley leaves.
Jim Weiss, CEO of W2O Group, $62 million firm in healthcare, tech and consumer, told 200 students at San Jose State University Nov. 5 that his firm is looking for grads that have passion, computer and social skills and who “play to win vs. playing not to lose.”
Tenured PR professor at Quinnipiac University who helped develop PRSA's code of ethics moves to Florida International University in Miami as associate dean of research and graduate programs for its school of journalism and mass communications.
The University of Texas at Austin has received a $50M grant from the Moody Foundation to establish the Moody College of Communications, which is the largest endowment received by any U.S. public college for the study of communications.
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