John DellaContrada joined University Communications in 2002 after serving six years as director of communications in the UB School of Management. John helps lead the university's media relations, internal communications, crisis communications and issues management functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
He is past president of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a recipient of the chapter's Outstanding Practitioner award. In 2015 he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, which honors professional staff performance excellence both within and beyond the position.