Sally McDonough Niemiec, a 1989 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown political science graduate, has been named as Communications Director and Press Secretary in the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.
Ms. McDonough Niemiec currently serves as vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, where she manages a broad portfolio of media projects on issues of youth development and public health. These include campaigns in which Mrs. Bush has participated, among them the Jones New York in the Classroom initiative to support teachers, and the award-winning National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Heart Truth campaign, of which Mrs. Bush is national ambassador.
Prior to her tenure at Ogilvy, Ms. McDonough Niemiec built and managed her own firm, McDonough Public Relations.
Ms. McDonough Niemiec’s work has earned several awards for excellence in advertising, public relations, and professional achievement.
Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.