Gayle V Economos
EducationBA, Goucher College
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestPublic relations, media management, advertising
"I just can't seem to get away from Goucher," quips Gayle V. Economos, "I've spent almost two-thirds of my life here," both as a student and since 1981 as a Lecturer in the Communication & Media Studies Department she started as an undergrad. When not at Goucher, Gayle runs her own business; since 1995, GVE Media/Public Relations, LLC has specialized in enhancing the image of nonprofits in the communities they serve by linking them with business & media. She describes herself as a "broadcaster who runs her own marketing and public relations business": she worked locally in radio, WBAL-TV, WJZ-TV & Maryland Public Television, and also on public radio as an award-winning talk show host.
Economos has twice been named one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record (2007 & 2012). A proud American of Greek descent, she is active in Maryland's Greek community as a Mayoral appointee (past Chair) of the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee. She currently serves as Chair of Programming for the area's oldest public relations membership organization, Baltimore Public Relations Council. Through Goucher connections President emeritus Dr. Rhoda Dorsey and Board member Marilyn Warshawsky, Economos joined the board of Historic Hampton, Inc., the "friends" group of Hampton National Historic Site in 2006.
Economos is most proud of being the first graduate of the Communication & Media Studies Department in 1976. "This department is now the second most popular major on campus. My mentor, the late Dr. Brownlee Sands Corrin, would love this! It was his vision that made this major possible." She carries on the mentoring tradition with her own students. Her favorite "play-it-forward" Goucher stories are when students she mentored mentor others, facilitating internships or hiring of students - Three generations of Goucher graduates from the Communication & Media Studies Department working together. "Many of my students still keep in touch - students from the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. We do business together or advise one another. Some, such as Robin Yasinow ('89), Oliver Janney ('03), and Belinda Johnson ('99), as well as others, visit my classes as guest speakers. Students like to hear from Goucher grads who have made successful careers with their Communication & Media Studies degrees."