As director of communications, Bryan Gilmer helps the school tell stories of the transformative power of NCSSM on people, communities, and the state to inspire alumni, donors, prospective students and families, and governmental partners. Previously, Bryan served as director of marketing and development for Urban Ministries of Durham, the main homeless shelter and emergency services provider in downtown Durham. Bryan earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and began his career as a newspaper reporter, first for The Greenville News in South Carolina, and then at Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. After relocating to Durham in 2003, Bryan worked for a decade as a communications consultant serving many units of Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill as well as corporate clients including Netflix and The Streets at Southpoint. He has also taught newswriting at UNC-Chapel Hill as an adjunct, and has published three crime thriller novels. Bryan and his wife, Jennifer Nolan, an N.C. State English professor, live with their three children in Old East Durham.