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Edward R. Lansdale

Chair, Department of PsychologyAdjunct Professor of Public Relations, Department of Communications and Film

B.A, Journalism, The University of ArizonaM.S., Mass Communication, Boston University


Edward Lansdale has more than 40 years of experience in public relations, both on the agency side and in the public sector. 

He is retired from the international public relations firm, FleishmanHillard, where he was a senior partner, senior vice president, and deputy director of the Corporate Communications practice group in New York.  At FleishmanHillard, he specialized in crisis communication and issues management, as well as corporate positioning.

His crisis work at FleishmanHillard included counseling a Midwest-based firm whose president was wanted by local police as a murder suspect, a firearms manufacturer whose hollow-point bullets were being condemned by the New York

Police Commissioner, Members of Congress and the White House among others, and an airline whose flight to Paris crashed off Long Island with no survivors.

Before joining FleishmanHillard, he was a senior vice president with Hill & Knowlton, New York.  At Hill & Knowlton, his assignments included working as part of a team providing communications support for Texaco Inc. in its legal battle against Pennzoil, and assisting Hughes Aircraft Co. in its corporate positioning.

He joined Hill & Knowlton from the U.S. Air Force, where he served primarily as a public affairs officer.  During his 20-year Air Force career, he served in assignments worldwide, including the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs at the Pentagon.  In that assignment, his responsibilities included handling inquiries regarding “Project Blue Book,” the Air Force’s investigation of unidentified flying objects. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Squadron Officers School (correspondence), Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Disaster Preparedness Course and Academic Instructors Course, as well as the Department of Defense’s National Defense University (correspondence).

Prior to attending college, he worked at the Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley, Calif., as a member of the VIII Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee, which staged the games.  He handled team liaison for the Olympic Village (athlete housing).