Donald Singletary has held a variety of management and executive positions in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing, healthcare, university administration and education. At the age of 17, while a high school intern at WINS radio, an all-news station, he was one of five interns who a produced documentary which won the station a PRSA Silver Anvil award.
His public relations career began in 1974, at AT&T corporate headquarters in New York City. He held a variety of editorial and media relations positions in what would become the final ten years of the Bell System’s existence prior to the US Justice Department’s divestiture ruling.
In 1986 Singletary accepted the position of Director of Marketing and Communications and Special Assistant to the Vice President for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation’s largest municipal health care network.
Singletary later went to Planned Parenthood where he served as Director of Media Relations for the national headquarters and then Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City. In 1992 he pursued his desire to teach full time and went Syracuse University as an assistant professor of public relations in the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, where he became the first recipient of the school’s Teaching Excellence Award.
He was named Director of Communications for the National Council on Economic Education in 1998, where he established the first public relations program in the Council’s 50-year history.
Singletary later became Director of Public Information and chief spokesperson for Pace University and worked there in the wake of the devastating September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center located just three blocks away.
In 2002 he became an assistant public relations professor at the Hofstra University School of Communication, where he founded the school’s first Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and served as faculty advisor to the group. His academic experience also includes adjunct positions at the Rutgers University School of Communications Graduate Program, the New School Media Studies Graduate Program and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU.
He is president of Singletary & Associates, an independent communications consultant firm he formed in 1996. Singletary & Associates has provided a range of public relations, marketing, media relations and strategic planning services for clients such as Pfizer, Burson-Marsteller, AT&T, The Gillette Company, Boys Choir of Harlem, Planned Parenthood, Price Waterhouse Coopers, The Bergen Record and the American Cancer Society.
Singletary’s published works have appeared in the New York Daily News, Essence Magazine, Washington Post, the AEJMC journal, Static and a college text book, Strategies for Argument, as well as several education and public relations industry publications.