Dunn To Head Public Affairs

John B. Dunn, vice president for external affairs for Catholic Charities, Boston, has been named director of public affairs at Boston College, effective in mid-December.

Dunn, a 1983 BC graduate, will oversee University communication with external media and other constituencies, as well as the dissemination of University-related news and information through a variety of vehicles including The Boston College Chronicle .

"I am delighted to welcome Jack Dunn back to Boston College," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ, in announcing the appointment. "Jack's talent, background and familiarity with Jesuit education make him uniquely qualified to serve as public affairs director of Boston College."

Dunn brings to the University a broad and varied portfolio of experience that includes public affairs, development and fund raising, journalism and teaching. As vice president for external affairs at Catholic Charities, Boston, a position he has held since 1994, Dunn has been directly responsible for all facets of public relations, government and media relations and fund raising for the $35 million social service agency.

In addition to service as institutional spokesperson for the agency, he has overseen proactive media placement efforts that resulted in dramatically increased exposure. He has been responsible for the production and distribution of a range of cultivation vehicles including annual reports, print collateral materials, videos and broadcast public service announcements, and has directed a number of special events, including the Cardinal's Garden Party. He also founded a legislative luncheon series with local legislators and state commissioners to improve relations with public sector officials and funders, among other initiatives.
Jack Dunn.

"I am honored to be returning to Boston College," Dunn said. "I have always felt a debt of gratitude to the University for all it has done for me, and I look forward to repaying that debt."

After graduating with honors from BC with a bachelor's degree in political science and Romance languages, Dunn joined Boston College High School as a teacher of history, social studies, English and Spanish. He was tenured in 1987.

The following year, he was named director of development, public relations and alumni relations at the school, a position he held until 1994. He directed five consecutive million-dollar annual fund campaigns for BC High, organized and directed all development-related special events, and served as institutional spokesperson.

During this period, he also wrote news, feature and investigative pieces for the Dorchester Reporter and Boston Irish News , and earned a master's degree in public relations, with a concentration in corporate public affairs, from Boston University in 1990.

Dunn is a 1998 recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award from the Boston Jaycees. He also was awarded a Klingenstein Scholarship at Columbia University for teaching excellence in 1984.

He is a member of the board of directors of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Mass., and the executive board of Boston University's PR Planners. He is an ECAC, Hockey East and NIHOA ice hockey official, and a past vice president of the Quincy Police Athletic League. He also served for 10 years as member of the Big Brother Association.

-Patricia Delaney and Michael Seele

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