NEW YORK — NBC Universal has named West Coast entertainment publicity veteran Kathy Kelly-Brown to take over in Gotham for top corporate PR exec Kevin Sullivan, who has been nominated by President Bush to serve as U.S. assistant secretary of education.

Kelly-Brown, who is skedded to begin her new gig at 30 Rock on May 9, has held a number of posts at the Peacock, most recently as VP of entertainment publicity. Previous titles included VP publicity for NBC primetime series & longform, VP publicity for NBC Studios and director of entertainment publicity for NBC.

She will report to NBC U exec VP of communications Anna Perez.

As senior VP of corporate communications, Kelly-Brown will be the conglom’s principal media spokeswoman across NBC U’s divisions.

Sullivan, a longtime NBC Sports publicist before taking the corporate post last year, was tapped by newly installed U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling and now faces Senate confirmation.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Sullivan said.

Spelling has been intent on mending the department’s credibility in the wake of the Armstrong Williams scandal.

The Dept. of Education arranged for conservative columnist Williams to be paid $240,000 to surreptitiously promote the No Child Left Behind campaign during appearances as a commentator on TV news shows.

Perez is an ex-Bushie herself, having served as spokeswoman to then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice before arriving at NBC just as it closed its merger with Universal.