Ithaca College Communications Dean Receives International Award

ITHACA, NY — The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Research Foundation has honored Diane Gayeski, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, with its Lifetime Foundation Friend Award. It is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation, recognizing members who have donated their time, talent and other resources to support its goal of promoting communication through research and education.

“I am absolutely thrilled on behalf of the foundation to acknowledge Diane with this award,” said Adrian Cropley, the current chair of IABC. “Research is at the heart of excellent communication practices and providing insight for our profession. Diane is indeed at the heart of IABC’s research efforts and is truly a Lifetime Friend of the Foundation through her involvement on many initiatives over many years.”

A longtime professor of strategic communication in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Gayeski is an internationally recognized innovator in the field of organizational learning and communication, business performance improvement and educational technologies. She has led more than 350 projects for clients worldwide through her consulting firm, Gayeski Analytics, and is the author of over a dozen books, including IABC's manual, “Managing the Communications Function.”

“I’m so honored by this award and by my association with the leaders of IABC,” said Gayeski. “My involvement with the Research Foundation stems from my recognition of the crucial role that data and insights have in the role of professional communicators.”

Gayeski was named dean of the Park School in 2010 after having served for a year in an interim role. She has also served the school as associate dean of faculty, department chair, chair of the graduate program and director of online certificate programs in strategic communication management and performance improvement management. She is a 1974 graduate of the school’s Department of Television-Radio and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in educational technology from the University of Maryland.

Established in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. The IABC Research Foundation translates communication theory into practice, providing real-world knowledge and applications for the communication professional. For more information, visit

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