Notre Dame News | December 15, 2020
Paul J. Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame, will retire June 30, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today.
“In his nearly eight years at Notre Dame, Paul has been a calm, thoughtful presence at the center of storms that sometimes envelop a university,” Father Jenkins said. “He has been an invaluable partner to me in crafting and communicating messages for the University.”
Browne has led a 75-member division in advancing the University’s academic reputation, faculty expertise, Catholic character and global presence in national and international media, and its local, state and federal government relations.
Under his guidance, there has been a ten-fold increase in the placement of faculty experts in leading media outlets, raising the national and global profile of the University. Browne arranged for the first presentation by a Notre Dame faculty member to the Religion News Association’s annual conference, and he organized a gathering of leading journalists in Rome after a Vatican/Notre Dame-sponsored conference on climate change. He has been integrally involved in presentations of the Notre Dame Award in Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine, and he convened media roundtables and other events for administration officials and faculty members in China, Colombia, London, Dublin and elsewhere around the world.
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