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Becky Ruden
Vice President, Marketing & Communications Strategy
California College of the Arts

"Joe's counsel over the last couple of years has been invaluable. He was instrumental in helping me develop a new marketing and communications plan for the College and create a new organizational structure for my department. I also worked with him on team-building initiatives, which created more authentic bonds on my team to help us be more effective in our work. Joe is not only a true expert in higher education communications - he's also terrific to work with. I highly recommend him."

Bill Stamats
Executive Vice President, Stamats Communications Inc.

“When Stamats recently undertook a comprehensive research project focusing on providing higher education marketers with valuable insights, we engaged Joe Brennan to help examine potential new opportunities, prospective topics, and additional elements to add to our strategy and vision. Joe’s insights were invaluable and we drew on them to launch our highly successful ‘Higher Ed TALK’ series. His strategic thinking and knowledge of the rapidly changing field of higher education marketing are a tremendous asset for any client.”

Matt Nagel
Associate Vice President, Content & Communications
Carnegie Mellon University

"Joe is a distinguished leader in the higher education communications field, and I've enjoyed getting to know him during his time as chair of PRSA's Counselors to Higher Education section. He is a thoughtful communicator who leads by example with strategic and innovative approaches, as well as a strong work ethic and the desire to foster an inclusive environment. Joe's personal style, passion for higher education, and natural curiosity make him an exceptional colleague and thought leader who provides excellent counsel."

Leanne M. Wirkkula, PhD
former Vice President for Policy, Planning and Compliance,
The University at Albany

"Joe is a respected communications and PR expert who amplifies strategic thinking around the executive table and delivers effective strategic communications. In particular, he excels in crisis management and public affairs, has a mind for envisioning big picture marketing strategy, and is equally adroit at story telling with a knack for conveying the essence of the institutional identity. What are his “superpowers” in his practice of this craft? He is an exceptional listener. He asks critical questions that advance strategy development. And he effectively evaluates and deploys the talent on his team to get the greatest productivity from higher ed’s greatest resource—its people."

Joan Uhl Browne
Principal, In-Site Associates & former Board Chair,
The University of Toledo

"Joe and I worked directly and closely together during a very transparent, public search for a new president and during my tenure as board chair. Joe was a key member of the university's senior leadership team and a trusted and strategic advisor to two presidents. Joe managed many sensitive issues with integrity and brought well-reasoned strategies to help improve the institution's reputation and visibility. Joe has a strong moral compass and is a hands-on leader who gets results."

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