Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame, will retire June 30. He has served in the position since 2013. Prior to that, Browne served as deputy commissioner for public information for the New York City Police Department.

He also previously served as press secretary and chief of staff for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and in similar posts at the U.S. Treasury Department, the New York State Court of Appeals and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

Browne also served as deputy director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, with a United Nations mandate to end human rights abuses there and to establish an interim police force during the U.S.-led “Operation Uphold Democracy” in 1994-95. For his Haiti service, Browne was awarded the Commanders Award for Public Service.

Before entering government service, Browne was a newspaper reporter, first for the Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York and later as Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News and the New York Law Journal. He also served for many years in New York’s state capital as a stringer for the New York Times. 

Browne earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Marist College and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  

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