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Heather Banoub Joins Stony Brook University as Assistant VP of Community Relations

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Heather banoub headshot july 2023Stony Brook, NY – July 27, 2023 – Heather Banoub, Assistant Director of Communications for the Office of Government and Community Affairs at New York University (NYU), has been appointed Assistant Vice President of Community Relations for Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine.

Effective immediately, Banuob is responsible for leading Stony Brook’s comprehensive community relations strategy, developing opportunities to engage with local communities, managing partnerships and sponsorships with community organizations, and leading the office’s marketing efforts.

“Heather’s deep background in community relations and her solutions-focused ability to engage on and off campus partners around the issues that matter to the broader community will make her an excellent addition to our campus community,” said Judy Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President/Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations.

Banoub has more than a decade of experience leading community engagement efforts in the academic, nonprofit and government sectors. She was previously at New York University (NYU), where she served as assistant director of communications for the Office of Government and Community Affairs since 2014. In this role, she was the primary spokesperson for the campus’ physical expansion plan that included construction of a 735,000-square-foot facility featuring academic space, faculty and student housing, a new athletics facility and public open spaces. Heather was responsible for promoting the university’s goals and identifying new community engagement opportunities with community partners, civic associations, elected officials and government agencies.

Prior to her time at NYU, Heather served as a project associate focused on advocacy process improvements with the United Nations’ NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. Heather also served as a community liaison for former U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and law from Binghamton University and a Master of Public Administration in public and nonprofit management from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Banoub’s arrival follows the retirement of her predecessor, Joan Dickinson, who contributed more than a decade of service to Stony Brook and will continue teaching in the Honors College while leading the university’s efforts this year to bring back its popular CommUniversity Day.

Photo credit: © Miller: Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

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