Bryan Reber named head of Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Grady College is pleased to announce that Bryan Reber, the C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership, has been named the head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College.
“Bryan comes more than ready for this opportunity, having served for seven years as assistant department head,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. “He’s been trained by the best, and demonstrates the very best of Grady College. I have long admired Bryan’s level-headedness and deep-seated sense of what’s right, and I will enjoy working with him more closely as we move forward.”
Yan Jin, associate director of the Center for Health & Risk Communication has been named the assistant department head of AdPR.
“I am eager to work with Dean Davis, Yan and our world-class faculty in AdPR to continue to develop a program to which students will be drawn, from which employers will compete to hire and of which alumni will be proud,” Reber said.
In addition to his departmental and teaching responsibilities, Reber also directs the UGA Crisis Communication Coalition, dedicated to the study of crisis communication and strategic response of related issues.
Reber joined Grady College as an assistant professor in public relations in 2004. He was named assistant department head of AdPR in 2010 and was promoted to professor of Public Relations in 2013. Prior to UGA, Reber served as an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Alabama.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College (Kansas), a Master of Science from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
Reber was inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society in 2015.
He succeeds former department head Tom Reichert, who was recently named dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communications.Date: August 1, 2017
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