Carnegie Mellon University
July 22, 2021

Announcing CMU’s Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

Dear Members of the University Community:

Following a comprehensive national search, I’m delighted to announce that Nicholas Scibetta will be joining Carnegie Mellon as our new Vice President for University Communications and Marketing, starting August 16.

A global communications and marketing executive with more than two decades of experience, Nicholas recently served as vice president for marketing and communications for Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine health system, overseeing global communications, marketing, digital and social strategy, media relations and crisis communications. During his tenure, he led the development and execution of the university’s global branding and reputation initiatives, including establishing Stony Brook’s first-ever brand platform, which resulted in award-winning campaigns.

From 1999-2015, Nicholas worked at the global public relations firm Ketchum, serving as partner and global director from 2007-2015. In that role, he created and grew Ketchum’s Global Media Network to over 300 industry-leading professionals in media relations and social media, in addition to overseeing national and international communications programs for Fortune 500 clients.

The role of Vice President for University Communications and Marketing is vital to promoting Carnegie Mellon’s reputation as an internationally renowned institution for education and research, and bringing greater cohesion to communications and branding across the institution. In addition to directly supervising the University Communications and Marketing Division, Nicholas will foster collaboration among CMU’s colleges, schools and campuses to amplify the distinct strengths of our academic units.

I would like to thank members of the university community who helped to inform the search process, including members of the search advisory committee who gave generously of their time to consider each candidate carefully and provide valuable feedback. I wish to acknowledge and thank the two co-chairs of the committee: Rebecca Doerge, the Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Scott Mory, Vice President for Advancement and Interim Vice President for Marketing and Communications. I am particularly grateful to Scott for his service and leadership during the past 14 months as he led the division in successfully executing several critical projects, including communications relating to the pandemic.

At this exciting time for Carnegie Mellon, the entire leadership team looks forward to working closely with Nicholas to raise the university’s visibility and enhance our academic and institutional distinction. Please join me in welcoming Nicholas to CMU!


Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair
Carnegie Mellon University