Patrick Gibbons is an experienced communications professional who specializes in media relations, crisis communications, strategic communications, and executive business writing. At Notre Dame, he previously served as executive director of academic communications and now teaches courses at the Mendoza College of Business.
Gibbons came to Notre Dame from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he served as chief communications officer from 2013 to 2017. While there, he modernized the lab’s communications program, collaborating with key executives on everything from Congressional testimony to communication activities surrounding NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby mission and APL’s 75th anniversary celebration. He also served as the lab’s primary spokesperson.
Gibbons previously spent nearly a decade at the nonprofit research institute RTI International. As vice president of public relations and corporate communications from 2010–2013, he directed strategic communications efforts for domestic business operations and ongoing projects in more than 75 countries.
Gibbons began his career as a public affairs officer in the United States Marine Corps, ultimately serving as head of media relations for the Marine Corps at the Pentagon and as principal communications adviser for the Marine Corps Commandant and other senior military officials. He earned a B.S. in public relations from the University of Florida and an M.A. in communication from the University of Oklahoma.