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Boston College. Office of News and Public Affairs



  • Usage: 2000 - 2016
  • Usage: 1992 - 2000
  • Usage: 1948 - 1980


The Office of Public Affairs was established in March of 1992 when the Office of Communications ceased to exist and its responsibilities were divided among two new departments, the former and the office of Publications and Print Marketing.

A formalized Office of Public Relations had been established by the 1950s largely through the efforts of John Larner, Class of 1943. Larner left the position in 1970 and was replaced by James Delay. In 1980, Public Relations was merged into the newly formed Office of Communications. The unit had been established to handle the University's public information and publication programs. As the need for more sophisticated public relations and marketing material grew as a necessity for the University, a desire for two specialized and distinct departments also re-emerged.

In 1992, the Office of Public Affairs was formally re-established to manage external communications about the University to business, educational, cultural and governmental communities. The office also assisted other departments with media strategies, special events planning and the production of audio-visual material. Public Affairs publishes the Chronicle, (formerly known as the Biweekly). By 2000, the office had been renamed the Office of News and Public Affairs. In 2016, the Office was once again subsumed by another media office, this time the newly-established Office of University Communications. Today, University Communications oversees the Department of News and Media Relations.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Michael P. Walsh, SJ, President's Office records

Abstract The Michael P. Walsh, SJ, President’s Office Records document Walsh’s tenure as twenty-second president of Boston College, 1958-1968. This collection consists largely of administrative records and contains committee, departmental, and faculty files as well as admission records, building plans, correspondence, subject files, and materials relating to the University's centennial celebrations in 1963. Subject files contain biographical information in addition to other topics of interest to...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Series I. Admissions is closed in its entirety due to privacy restrictions, and is stored off-site. A small amount of material in other series is also closed due to privacy restrictions.

Dates: 1933 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1958 - 1968