Daryl Richard named vice president for marketing and communications


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Brooke Reilly

The Quinnipiac University community has a new member as Daryl Richard joins as the new vice president for marketing and communications. The announcement came in an email from President Judy Olian on Monday.

Richard will be taking the place of Lynn Bushnell, who was vice president for public affairs for 25 years before she retired. Bethany Zemba, vice president and chief of staff, has served as interim vice president since Bushnell left.

As vice president for marketing and communications, Richard will oversee the offices of Integrated Marketing Communications, Public Affairs and the Quinnipiac Poll. 

Richard, who is the vice president of corporate communications at UnitedHealthcare, has a background in public relations, marketing and communications. Richard attended Marist College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and quickly became a political reporter on Capitol Hill after graduation. Richard then served as director of communications at a nonprofit association and joined Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm.

Richard entered his role at UnitedHealthcare in 2002. He helped build the company to become the largest business of the firm. He then took an executive role at Travelers and became vice president of corporate communications at UnitedHealthcare.

Richard is on the boards of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the MetroHartford Alliance. He also speaks at local universities and is passionate about higher education.

“We look forward to Daryl’s vision and leadership in further extending the visibility and stature of Quinnipiac University,” President Olian wrote in an email.

Richard will begin his new role on Nov. 12.