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, Office of Legal Affairs, Human Resources, University Advancement, Alumni Association and the Law School.
Phone: (617) 552-3350/ cell phone: (617) 256-7282
Patti Delaney assists in developing public and media relations strategy for the University and oversees digital news dissemination, including direction of BC's primary daily news distribution channels, including BC Update and BC Info. She is founding co-chair of the University's Social Media Council, which was convened by News & Public Affairs. A graduate of Boston College, 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/New England. She teaches an undergraduate course at BC in public relations.
Phone: (617) 552-3352
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 Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Physics), the Lynch School of Education, Mathematics Department, Economics Department, Office of Sponsored Programs, Vice Provost for Research, Roche Center for Catholic Education, Center for Work & Family, Center for Asset Management, Institute for Scientific Research, Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Winston Center for Leadership & Ethics. 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 Hennessey comes to the Office of News and Public Affairs with almost a quarter century of experience in the television news industry. Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Hennessey was an award-winning news reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City for six years, and for WHDH-TV (NBC affiliate) in Boston for almost eleven years. Hennessey’s stories have taken him to Ireland and Australia, the White House/Capitol Hill, hurricanes in the South, Super Bowls, even 12,000 feet in the air to go skydiving with the Army. Having covered a wide range of issues, Hennessey is very familiar with the demands and deadlines reporters face, along with the expertise sometimes needed to bring perspective to a story. As Associate Director, Hennessey’s primary focus is promoting the expertise of the Boston College faculty to local and national media. Hennessey earned both his MBA and undergraduate degree from Boston College and is the office’s liaison to the Carroll School of Management, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Information Technology, Center for Retirement Research, Institute on Aging, Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Facilities Management, Dining Services, Public Safety, and the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture.
Phone: (617) 552-3630; cell phone: (617) 943-4323
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 Deans' Offices of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, History Department, Classical Studies Department, Political Science Department, Center for Irish Programs, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Center for Social Innovation, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, and McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies. 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, Lowell Humanities Series, Romance Languages & Literatures Department, Theater Department, German Studies Department, Center for Human Rights and International Justice 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 informing internal and external audiences about University events, programs, research and faculty and student achievements via her articles for the Boston College Chronicle and BC social media channels and outreach to print, broadcast and online media. She also maintains the Office of News & Public Affairs' website. She is the Public Affairs liaison to the Connell School of Nursing, School of Theology and Ministry, Film Studies Program, Theology Department, Sociology Department, Church in the 21st Century Center, Campus Ministry, Jesuit Institute, Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Lonergan Center and Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Sullivan has a degree in marketing from Boston College.
Phone: (617) 552-8644
Social Media Manager
Melissa Beecher manages new and emerging media for the Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs. Working with senior managers, Beecher develops social media strategy for the University while maintaining the official Boston College channels on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn,and the University iPhone app. She is founding co-chair of the University's Social Media Council and provides advice and guidance to social media practitioners across campus. In addition, Beecher is an administrator for BC Social and the Boston College Chronicle webpages. Beecher joined Boston College in 2007. Prior to BC, she was a journalist in the Boston area working for The Boston Globe and The Salem News. 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
Sean Casey is a video producer in the Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs as well as in the Office of Communications and Marketing in University Advancement, where he is in charge of the production of videos and promotional video material. Casey is the creator, screenwriter, cinematographer, director, editor, and graphic artist for each of the videos he produces. Videos can be found on the Boston College YouTube, BC Alumni YouTube, and Boston College Alumni Vimeo accounts. Casey is also responsible for the PSA (BC’s public service announcement). Casey joined Boston College in 2013. Prior to BC, he was a video and multimedia producer for Northeastern University and a production director for the Los Angeles based 40 Shades Media. An alumnus of Boston College, Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies.
Phone: (617) 552-1957