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5/22/06..Contact: Director of Media relations Jack Jeffery at 740-597-1793 or, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark at 740-597-2938 or UNIVERSITY NAMES JOSEPH A. BRENNAN.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING...ATHENS, Ohio ? Ohio University has named Joseph A. Brennan executive director of Communications and Marketing, effective July 1, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced today. ..Brennan is currently executive director of marketing and university relations for .University of the Pacific, a position he has held since 2003. ..He will provide strategic direction to Ohio University's communication and marketing efforts and lead the University Communications and Marketing office. More specifically, Brennan will manage communication and marketing research, brand identity, internal communications, media relations, Web site development and maintenance, and outreach to constituent audiences. He will report directly to McDavis and serve as a member of the senior administrative cabinet...?As expected, we had an outstanding group of candidates for this position from across the country,? McDavis said. ?With his career-long commitment to the field of communications and proven success in extending the effectiveness of media relations and marketing efforts in a range of venues, Joe rose to the top. He has a passion for public higher education and possesses the marketing insights to effectively communicate the wonderful accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.? ..The University Communications and Marking office has more than 20 employees. The office is composed of the areas of news, photography, publications, video, the Web site and Ohio Today, the university's alumni magazine. Brennan also will provide leadership to and coordinate activities of employees performing communications functions across the Athens and regional campuses.  .. ?I'm excited about working with President McDavi