Patrick Giblin

Director of Public Relations

Patrick GiblinPatrick Giblin is the Director of Public Relations in the Global Marketing and Communications Department. Giblin leads, develops, executes and measures effectiveness of the University's public relations efforts, including media and community relations programs in a manner that supports and strengthens the Webster University global brand.

Giblin has previously served as a public relations manager at a university in California where he established the school's first social media accounts, served as a key member of the university's emergency response team and set new standards for press releases and media interactions. He has worked with reporters from 60 Minutes, PBS Newshour, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, The BBC and numerous other national and international publications. He served on a special crisis communication team that received a CASE gold award in 2012 for crisis management.

Giblin has also worked as a journalist having spent more than 17 years in daily newspaper writing and spent his time covering crime, school board issues, new technology and much more for The Modesto Bee in Central California. He is well-known for his coverage of the Laci Peterson homicide investigation, Yosemite National Park tourist homicides and the Congressman Gary Condit scandal. He earned two California Newspaper Publishers Association awards, one for best feature story and one for best breaking news coverage.

Giblin earned a double bachelor's degree in international relations and communications from California State University, Chico, and completed his master's in communications with an emphasis on public relations from University of the Pacific. His thesis, “Social Media's Effect on Crisis Communication in Higher Education,” was selected by the school as best research project by a graduate student in 2011-12. He presented research at the 2010 Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications winter conference, and has been published in the Journal of Human Communications and the Columbia Journalism Review.

When he is not working, Giblin plays jazz and blues guitar.