External Relations

As part of the Office of the President, the division includes three vital departments — Community, Government and Media Relations— and serves as a collaborative voice for the University through its participation in community, government and media partnerships.

In overseeing the division, my main goal is to bring visibility to our work, which deals directly with the St. John’s community, its students, our neighbors and civic leaders. I, along with my St. John’s colleagues, strive for successful outcomes while promoting our Vincentian mission of service, academic excellence, student engagement and global outreach.

Our tenured administrators provide experienced leadership which is vital to our success. Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, is a 50-plus--year veteran and St. John’s alumnus; Brian Browne, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, and Elizabeth Reilly, Director of Media Relations, are also alumni with successful tenures at the University.

We are extremely excited about the future at St. John’s, which continues to be recognized as one of America’s leading Catholic universities today.


Dominic Scianna
Associate Vice President for External Relations

St. John’s University Division of External Relations is:

  • Community driven, with outreach to local residents and sponsorship of special-event activities that promote St. John’s as a loyal neighbor while contributing to the fabric of communities
  • Government active, providing legislative advocacy and awareness to the University community, coordinating legislative agendas, participating in state and national educational organizations and promoting increased civic engagement
  • Media conscious, promoting positive communications and coordinating interview opportunities for visibility and awareness in positioning St. John’s as a leader in higher education

Contact Us
Division of External Relations
Newman Hall, Room 123A
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439