Vice Chancellor for University Communications, UNC-Chapel Hill
Joel Curran is the vice chancellor for university communications. As a UNC alumnus and North Carolina native, Curran is a veteran of the public relations industry in a career that has included leading key offices for prestigious agencies and corporate communications offices for The Walt Disney Co.
He was previously the managing director of the flagship New York office for MSLGROUP, the world’s fourth largest public relations and engagement agency and the strategic communications group for the Paris-based Publicis Groupe. In that role, he is responsible for nearly 200 employees. Previously, he ran MSLGROUP’s Midwest operations.
Curran also worked at public relations agencies in Los Angeles, Chicago and Charlotte and spent more than a decade with The Walt Disney Co., rising to director of synergy for the company’s network television and professional sports franchises. He was the Chicago Public Relations Society of America chapter’s “Public Relations Professional of the Year” in 2010, and was an adjunct instructor in public relations and marketing at the University of Chicago’s Graham School.
Curran earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.