Brian C. Keeter has developed and led successful integrated, strategic communication campaigns throughout his career. He excels at managing complex situations and advising leaders at the highest levels. He helps organizations achieve their goals through corporate, policy and regulatory communications, and his entrepreneurial spirit delivers growth and brand results.
As director of public affairs at Auburn, Brian communicates major university initiatives, leads public affairs efforts and sits on the president’s senior team. When he was appointed to lead public affairs at the Federal Highway Administration, he planned and implemented communication strategy to promote the Department’s highway agenda and its role in fostering mobility, safety and economic opportunity. Prior to FHWA, he was vice president at Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick where he implemented communication strategies for corporate and non-profit clients.
Brian reported local and national news and produced a documentary on World War II veterans as a radio correspondent in South Carolina. He got his start as a congressional press secretary and also managed a statewide campaign in Alabama.
One of Brian’s longtime interests is advancing freedom and the right to self-determination around the world. He has worked on programs strengthening democratic governance and political systems in Central and Eastern Europe and observed elections in Afghanistan, Haiti, Mexico, Russia, Timor-Leste and Ukraine.
Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and economics from Auburn, a public relations certificate from The George Washington University and a master’s from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.