University names Andrew Gully Senior Vice President for Communications and External Affairs

Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz announced today the appointment of Andrew Gully as senior vice president for communications and external affairs. Gully, a former newspaper editor, reporter and experienced communications strategist, will join the university on Nov. 2.

“We had a number of truly impressive candidates in the interview process. Andrew stood out because of the breadth and depth of his communications experience,” said Reinharz. “He brings a comprehensive understanding of the media and government landscape, an ability to develop sophisticated and effective marketing campaigns and a strategic vision for Brandeis. We are confident that Andrew is uniquely qualified to use these tools to tell the Brandeis story, expand the brand, build partnerships and reach a wider audience.”

In his role at Brandeis, Gully will serve as adviser and resource for the administration, faculty, students and board of trustees, while integrating all communications initiatives, including media relations, government relations and public affairs, public relations, advertising, Web services and publications. He will also work closely with faculty and senior officers of the university to develop communications programs designed to achieve specific goals and objectives in the areas of student enrollment, alumni relations and institutional advancement.

Most recently, Gully held the position of senior vice president, managing director of corporate affairs, at Sovereign Bank, part of the Santander Group, where he was responsible for all national, regional and local media relations and internal communications. In his role at Sovereign, he also served as the liaison to city, state and federal governments and elected officials. Prior to joining Sovereign, Gully was a vice president at Kelley Habib John, a marketing and branding firm, where he led the communications practice and worked with clients on reputation management, media and community relations, media training and public-issue advertising.

A former newspaper editor, Gully spent 21 years at the Boston Herald, 11 of those as managing editor. He holds a degree in journalism from Northeastern University and, for the past five years, has served as the faculty co-adviser at Phillips Academy, where he assists the editors and staff of the student-run newspaper and provides counsel to the administration, faculty, parents and alumni on issues related to the publication.

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