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Monday, January 17, 2005

Heath Care Executive Margaret Hennen, APR, Named to Fill Director Vacancy on PRSA Board of Directors

Margaret A. Hennen, APR, system director of corporate communications and public relations for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minn., has been named to fill the Midwest District Director vacancy on the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board of Directors for 2005.

The vacancy was created when Cheryl I. Procter-Rogers, APR, Fellow PRSA Was elected President-Elect at the 2004 PRSA Assembly in October 2004.

Hennen will fulfill the remainder of Procter-Rogers' term, ending Dec. 31, 2005. Hennen's professional career includes executive positions at national corporations. She was second vice president of corporate communication and public relations at Fortis Financial Group, where she also served in an officer position, and corporate communications manager at Unisys Corp.

She has also served on a number of community boards, including the Minnesota Humanities Commission, Minnesota Literacy Council, Family Service of St. Paul, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Corporate Volunteerism Counsel, Business Economic Education Foundation and St. Paul Intervention Project for Battered Women.

Hennen is the recipient of many honors for her community service, including the United Way Hero Award, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award, Minnesota Literacy Council Volunteer Award and Camp Fire Boys and Girls Volunteer of the Year Award.

Hennen has served on both the Chapter and national levels of PRSA leadership for several years. Prior to her appointment to the Board of Directors, she served as Chapter President of the Minnesota (Minneapolis) Chapter in 1997 and Assembly Delegate (two terms).

She was elected the Chapter's first Ethics Officer in 2002. Hennen also served as a Bronze Anvil senior judge from 2002-2004. She received the National PRSA President's Citation in 1998 and was honored by the Minnesota Chapter in 1999 with the Donald G. Padilla Community Service Award.

"We are delighted to have Margaret join the Board," said Judith T. Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA president and CEO. "She brings a solid record of corporate and volunteer experience to her assignment, along with a strong commitment to ethics."

Phair added that PRSA was fortunate to have a talented group of candidates applying for the position. Hennen was among seven candidates who were interviewed by the 2004 and 2005 PRSA Executive Committees. The final selection was approved by the 2005 PRSA Board of Directors. Article IV, Section 3a of the PRSA Bylaws states: Vacancies occurring among the Directors, other than the office of President and CEO or President-Elect, may be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by the Board of Directors at any regular meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose.