August 22, 2023

Kathryn Metcalfe Named Visiting Professor in the NYU SPS Integrated Marketing and Communications Program

Chief Communications Officer for Fortune 10 Company Joins Largest Marketing and PR Education Program

New York, NY, August 22, 2023 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) Division of Programs in Business (DPB) named Kathryn Metcalfe to the newly created role of visiting professor.  Metcalfe, who assumes responsibilities immediately, joins the faculty of the largest Marketing and PR/Corporate Communications program in the world.

“We have about 2,300 students from 45 countries enrolled in our graduate programs. Offering our students exposure to leading professionals in NYC is a key differentiator,” said Martin Ihrig, associate dean and clinical professor at the NYU SPS DPB. “We are excited to have someone of Kathryn’s caliber join our team. Her strong reputation as well as her deep and diverse experience across all disciples of communications, public relations, government affairs, crisis communications, and marketing will help us ensure we continue to raise the bar academically and provide our students with relevant real-world insights.”

In addition to teaching responsibilities, Metcalfe will help review curriculum, build thought-leadership, and increase the program’s visibility and ties to business globally.  Metcalfe will also bring industry leaders to the program in a special new speaker series to share insights, intelligence, and trends to students.  Earlier in her career, Metcalfe was an adjunct professor for the NYU SPS program.

"There has never been a more critical time for our profession. The environment is increasingly complex and evolving rapidly — socially, economically, and technologically,” said Metcalfe. "I’m excited to help ensure that the next generation of leaders is equipped to not just succeed today but to innovate and set a new bar for impact across diverse stakeholders.”

Metcalfe has spent more than 30 years in communications roles at leading organizations.  Prior to joining NYU SPS, Metcalfe was Chief Communications Officer at CVS Health, a Fortune 100 company. Metcalfe has served in leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Aetna, Deloitte, Novartis and Pfizer. Earlier in her career, she served in senior roles at PR firms, including CEO of WPP’s Cohn & Wolfe’s flagship New York office. Metcalfe has received many awards for her work, including repeat appearances on industry leader lists, named to PR Week’s Hall of Femme and most recently, the prestigious Individual Achievement SABRE award.

Metcalfe holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has served on multiple boards and built a park in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

About NYU SPS DPB and its Integrated Marketing and Communications Department
NYU SPS DPB provides applied, professional education for students interested in becoming leaders in the functional areas of a business: marketing, human resources, management and technology, and finance. Students from around the world are immersed in highly relevant curricular and co-curricular experiences that combine academic theory and the rich professional expertise of industry practitioners from New York City’s business community. This creates a dynamic teaching and learning environment in which students gain and apply practical skills to solve complex, real-world problems of business and society. The MS in Integrated Marketing, MS in Public Relations & Corporate Communication, and the Executive MS in Marketing & Strategic Communications are the three-degree programs in DPB’s Integrated Marketing and Communications department. These programs prepare approximately 1,300 graduate students per year to become innovative and socially responsible leaders in their chosen fields.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For nearly 90 years, the NYU SPS has been a deeply respected institution of higher education grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 21 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the NYU SPS Institute on Federal Taxation, the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate;  the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and the NYU Coaching and Technology Summit, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 41,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industries around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS, visit


Michael DeMeo