Academic Communications and Reputation Leadership


This unit works to enhance and protect the reputation of Emory as a prominent research university fostering a culture of academic and research excellence and supports the Offices of the President and the Provost as well as enterprise issues in crisis communications.

Nancy Seideman


Vice President, Academic Communications and Reputation Leadership

Nancy Seideman leads activities to support academic thought leadership across the university, with a focus on highlighting faculty teaching, research, and scholarship. In this role, she partners with university colleagues to help attract, engage, and retain students through communication initiatives that enhance the student experience and help to build a seamless student journey from prospective student through engaged alumni. In partnership with David Sandor, the senior vice president, she works to support university leadership through executive communications activities.   

Seideman oversees a comprehensive issues management and crisis communications program that includes collaborating with university leaders to help enhance the university’s reputation among key stakeholders. She also serves as a principal university spokesperson. She is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies that include a broad range of activities including media relations, internal and external communications, social media, issues management, and crisis communication. 

Seideman serves as a member of the AAU Public Affairs Steering Committee (2013–2020) and currently serves as co-leader of the AAU Issues Management Group. She served as interim vice president for Emory’s communications and marketing division from 2013 to 2014. During that period, she codirected communications strategy, messaging, and media relations related to Emory’s successful care of patients with Ebola virus disease, the first to be treated in the United States.

Before joining Emory in 1990, Seideman served as national media manager for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and worked in hospital public relations in Boston and San Francisco. Seideman has a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Simmons College.

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