Brennan to Oversee Communications at University at Buffalo

By Arthur Page

Release Date: January 15, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The appointment of Joseph A. Brennan as associate vice president for university communications at the University at Buffalo was announced today by Marsha S. Henderson, UB vice president for external affairs.

Brennan has served as executive director of communications and marketing, the chief communications and marketing officer, at Ohio University. His appointment at UB is effective Feb. 18.

In his new position, Brennan, who was selected following a national search, will be responsible for university-wide communications functions at UB and oversee its Office of Marketing and Creative Services and Office of News Services and Periodicals with the goal of enhancing UB's reputation and visibility locally, nationally and internationally.

Brennan, who earned doctoral and master's degrees from UB, has 20 years of communications and management experience in higher education. Before joining Ohio University in July 2006, he had served as the senior communications officer at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., as its executive director of marketing and university relations. He previously was executive director of public relations and marketing at The University of Toledo in Ohio and public relations director at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

From 1992-95, he was manager of public communications and research support services at UB's Research Institute on Addictions and prior to that he served as coordinator of conferences and lifelong learning at Niagara University and was dean of evening and continuing education at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

Brennan is a graduate of Wayne State University. He earned a doctorate and master's degree, both in English, from UB in 1996 and 1988, respectively, and an MBA in 2007 from University of the Pacific.

Brennan has worked as a consultant in the field of public relations and has taught at UB, Niagara, Medaille College, Tulane University and University of the Pacific. A member of the board of directors of the Counselors to Higher Education section of the Public Relations Society of America, he is credentialed by the Public Relations Society of America. His work has won recognition from organizations including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Public Relations Society of America and National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.