STANFORD, CA—Former Weber Shandwick New York managing director Paul Costello has been named chief of communication and public affairs at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Costello has a background in government, the corporate sector and academia. He comes to Stanford from the University of Hawaii, where he served as the vice president for external affairs and university relations and supervised activities in government relations, media relations, marketing and special events.
Early in his career, Costello served as a press spokesperson for former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. He was press secretary for Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste for three years and served as press spokesperson for Kitty Dukakis during the 1988 presidential campaign. He later moved into the private sector and held management positions at several of the nation’s top public relations firms, including Ogilvy Adams and Rinehart in Washington, D.C.; Edelman Worldwide in Washington, D.C.; Hill & Knowlton in Chicago; and Weber Shandwick in New York.
According to Philip Pizzo, dean of the medical school, Costello “has an exceptional range of experience and talents that will serve the school and university enormously well as we work to change the future of medicine for the 21st century.”