News & Public Affairs Staff
office of news & public affairs
Jack Dunn oversees all of the University’s public and media relations efforts and serves as its primary spokesman and strategist. A graduate of Boston College, Dunn holds a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University. Prior to assuming his position in December of 1998, he served as vice president of external affairs at Catholic Charities, and also worked as a reporter and freelance correspondent for several publications. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Advanced Public Relations at BC. His University beats are: the President's Office; Vice Presidents; Board of Trustees; Office of Governmental & Community Affairs, and Office of Legal Affairs.
Phone: (617) 552-3350/ cell phone: (617) 256-7282
Patti Delaney assists in developing public and media relations strategy for the University, and works to promote external recognition of faculty research, special University programs and major events. She also oversees digital news dissemination, including direction of BC's primary daily news distribution channels, including BC Update and BC Info, and is founding co-chair of the University's Social Media Council, which was convened by News & Public Affairs. A graduate of Boston College with a joint degree in English and Communication, she returned to her alma mater following a career in radio broadcasting, during which she worked as an announcer, news anchor and news/commercial producer at a number of stations in Boston and elsewhere in New England. In addition, she has done commercial and documentary narration, and has taught undergraduate courses in public relations, broadcast writing and radio management.
Phone: (617) 552-3350
Ed Hayward is an associate director in the office and staff writer for the Boston College Chronicle. In addition to working with the news media to publicize the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students, he serves as the office's liaison to the Carroll School of Management, the Natural Sciences and the Lynch School of Education, where he also supports the Step Up and Boston Connects initiatives. He also works with Computer Science; Center for Asset Management, Center for Retirement Research; Center for International Higher Education; Institute for Scientific Research; Sloan Center for Aging & Work; Center for Corporate Citizenship; and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Prior to joining BC, he served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Communications at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Hayward spent 16 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter in California and Massachusetts. At the Boston Herald he covered breaking news throughout New England and the US, in addition to in-depth reporting on K-12 education, higher education, state politics, the fishing industry, Irish affairs, and capital punishment. Hayward holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Phone: (617) 552-4826
Sean Smith is editor of the Boston College Chronicle, the University's faculty-staff newspaper. He also is office liaison to the Graduate School of Social Work, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Political Science Department and the Center for Irish Programs, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, and Undergraduate Admission. Smith joined Boston College in 1989 as a staff writer in what was then the Office of Communications, and was appointed Chronicle editor in February of 2000. Before arriving at BC, Smith worked as assistant editor and staff writer at NewsWest, a weekly newspaper based in Natick. He also was a staff writer and sports editor for the Blackstone Valley Tribune in Whitinsville, Mass. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.
Phone: (617) 552-3317
Senior Media Relations Officer
Rosanne Pellegrini is a senior media relations officer in BC’s Office of News & Public Affairs. In this role, she works with members of the Boston College faculty to promote research, projects and events to the external community. She can provide information on faculty sources available to offer media commentary, perspective and analysis on a broad range of topics and issues. She serves as liaison to the Boston College Arts Council, the McMullen Museum of Art, Fine Arts Department, Music Department, English Department, Romance Languages & Literatures Department, German Studies Department and Slavic & Eastern Languages Department. She is an alumna of Boston College.
Phone: (617) 552-4827
Senior Media Relations Officer
Kathy Sullivan is a senior media relations officer in Boston College's Office of News & Public Affairs. She is primarily engaged in media relations efforts, working with journalists on source requests and generating print, broadcast and online media attention for Boston College events, programs, research and people. She also maintains the Office of News & Public Affairs' website and writes for the Boston College Chronicle, the University's newspaper. She is the Public Affairs liaison to the Connell School of Nursing, School of Theology and Ministry, Film Studies Program, Theology Department, Sociology Department, Information Technology Services, Church in the 21st Century Center, Campus Ministry, Jesuit Institute and Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Sullivan has a degree in marketing from Boston College.
Phone: (617) 552-8644
Social Media Manager
Melissa Beecher is a senior staff writer and social media manager in the Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs. A contributor to the Boston College Chronicle, she is responsible for generating news stories about BC faculty, staff and students, as well as promoting University events. The web administrator for the Boston College Chronicle website, Chronicle Twitter page, Chronicle YouTube page and the Boston College Facebook page, Beecher is founding co-chair of the University's Social Media Council. She is liaison to the Law School, Student Affairs Office, University Libraries, Lonergan Institute, Philosophy Department, AHANA Student Programs, Career Center and the Office of Vice Provost for Research. Beecher joined Boston College in 2007. Prior to BC, she was an award-winning journalist in the Boston area, working for The Boston Globe, The Salem News on the North Shore and The Daily News Tribune in Waltham. Beecher holds a master's degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Suffolk University.
Phone: (617) 552-8047