Chris Komisarjevsky Accepts Chair at Boston University
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(Boston) – Chris Komisarjevsky, the recently retired president and CEO of global public relations giant Burson-Marsteller, has accepted ad interim the Harold Burson faculty chair at Boston University’s College of Communication. He will lead the search for a permanent holder for the College’s first endowed academic chair. He teaches a graduate-level PR course.
“It is gratifying to me — both personally and professionally — that Chris Komisarjevsky has accepted this appointment,” said B-M agency founder and chair namesake Harold Burson. “Chris brings both public relations professionalism and practical know-how to BU, and a high degree of energy and enthusiasm that will benefit students who have the good fortune to be under his tutelage. He’s a class act in every way, a person with good judgment and a high measure of integrity — both qualifications for a first-rate public relations professional.”
The Burson Chair was endowed in 2003 by Burson-Marsteller, its employees and clients, and Young & Rubicam. Recognizing Burson’s half-century contribution to public relations as a business discipline, the chair is an educational center of excellence for teaching and research into public relations and public affairs. Its first incumbent was Professor Otto Lebinger, who remains on the faculty after more than 50 years at BU.
“Having Chris join us underscores the quality and global reputation of our public relations program,” said John Schulz, dean of the College. “He has been a huge help to me for nearly two years, as a lecturer in his role as Burson-Marsteller CEO and in his willingness to provide advice and guidance as a member of my New York Executive Advisory Board. He is an outstanding teacher, a real mentor and model to our students, and a valued friend.”
Komisarjevsky earned a global reputation for steadfastly preaching integrity in corporate public relations over a 30-year career in the industry. He retired from Burson-Marsteller in 2005 after a decade with the leading global public relations and public affairs firm. Earlier he held top posts at two other worldwide PR firms; Gavin Anderson & Company, and Hill and Knowlton. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Union College. He and his wife, Reina, co-authored the popular “Peanut Butter and Jelly Management — Tales From Parenthood, Lessons for Managers” (Amacom, 2000).
Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. With the oldest school of public relations in the country, the BU College of Communication began offering a master’s degree in PR a half-century ago. It has nearly 2,500 students enrolled in the Departments of Journalism; Film and Television; and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.