About the Student Liaison Emeritus

Bob O’Gara, APR, Point Park University

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 strategic planning committee.

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.


  • Responsible for the ongoing engagement with local PRSSA Chapters within the Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Offer support and in some cases, advisor relations with each PRSSA Chapter
  • Work closely with member services committee chair and young professionals co-chairs to help retain crossover from PRSSA membership to PRSA membership upon student graduations