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Professor of Public Relations & Advertising

Bob O'Gara

Contact Information


  • M.A., Liberal Studies, Duquesne University
  • B.S., Public Relations, Utica College

Courses Taught

  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Marketing Communications
  • Environmental Communications


Bob O'Gara joined the University teaching ranks part time in 1983 and became a full-time professor in 1993. His teaching style blends extensive real-world experience with the best of contemporary theory spiced generously with informal professional insights and humor. Because of O'Gara's ties to the Pittsburgh public relations and advertising community, top communications professionals from some of the largest and best communication organizations regularly provide interaction with Point Park University students. O'Gara also serves the University as a member of the budget and finance committee, Honors Program advisor and student publication board. Nationally, he is a member of the Ray Simon Institute for Public Relations in Utica, N.Y.

Prior to teaching, O'Gara was in corporate public relations and advertising for Pittsburgh Corning Corp. and Koppers Company Inc., where he served as manager of the Communications Services Department and director of public relations. He then joined PNC Financial Corp. as head of its corporate and public affairs department. O'Gara managed a communications consulting practice covering employee, financial and marketing communications for a variety of industrial, commercial and nonprofit clients.

O'Gara is a board member of Mainstay Life Services (residential services and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families) and education adviser to the Pittsburgh Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, Pittsburgh Ad Fed and American Marketing Association. He is an active member of Pitt Stop, the Mini Cooper automobile club.

He lives in Mount Lebanon with his wife, Sally. They have two sons, Brian and Kevin.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Chapter, Public Relations Society of America
  • Pittsburgh Advertising Federation
  • Media Association of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Press Club
  • Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows


  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • American Advertising Federation

Selected Honors

  • Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Public Relations Society of America
  • Legend in Public Relations, Pittsburgh Public Relations Society of America

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