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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

David Hakensen, APR elefted to PRSA's College of Fellows

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced that David Hakensen, APR, senior vice president at FleishmanHillard, was one of 11 public relations practitioners elected as new members into the prestigious College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
Fellows were inducted at a ceremony Oct. 7 in Boston, in conjunction with the organization’s international conference. 
Hakensen, a veteran public relations practitioner in the Twin Cities for more than 35 years, leads the corporate reputation practice in FleishmanHillard’s Minneapolis/St. Paul office.  Previously he was general manager of the office for five years.  Prior to joining FleishmanHillard, Hakensen worked at Pearson Education, Padilla Speer Beardsley and Hill and Knowlton. 
To qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, the public relations practitioner or educator must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. Fewer than 2 percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
Election to the College of Fellows, which was created in 1989 as part of an initiative focused on the future of public relations, is considered the pinnacle of a professional’s career. Fellows are seen throughout PRSA and the profession serving in Chapter, District, Section and National leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, and teaching and engaging in professional practice.
He currently serves on the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society, and the boards of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Norway House. 
A native of St. Paul, Hakensen earned his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.