Wm. Bryan Paul

Director of Alumni Advocacy and Curricular Fellow, College Debates & Discourse Alliance

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As ACTA’s Director of Alumni Advocacy, Dr. Paul supports the efforts of alumni to advance academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability at their alma maters. He builds partnerships with, consults, and creates tools and resources for alumni engaged in campus reform. He also conducts an annual summit for alumni leaders to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing. 

In his role as the College Debates & Discourse Alliance Curricular Fellow, Dr. Paul promotes, supports, and moderates classroom and campus debates aimed at bolstering free expression on campus, modeling civil discourse, and connecting alumni with students and faculty. He collaborates closely with the Alliance team to enhance its curricular toolkit and share it with faculty across the nation. He also writes and speaks on the intersections of free expression, civil discourse, and alumni advocacy in higher education and the public sphere. 

Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. Paul worked in public relations for various organizations in the United States. He received his doctorate (Ph.D. Communication) from the University of Missouri, specializing in political communication. Dr. Paul’s academic research focuses on public leadership and dialogue as well as media and politics. He also holds a master’s degree (M.A. Professional Communication) from Southern Utah University and a bachelor’s degree (B.A. Political Science, Philosophy Minor) from Brigham Young University. Dr. Paul is an active member of the National Communication Association. 

Outside the office, Dr. Paul enjoys reading, running, watching movies, improving his golf and pickleball game, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and BYU Cougars, participating in the performing arts, and traveling with his family.


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