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Communication specialist joins PR and Marketing staff

November 12, 2001

An Austin Peay alumna has been appointed the communication specialist in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Effective Nov. 1, Cristina Henley replaced Ken West, who resigned in early August.

Henley attended graduate school at Austin Peay with a partial scholarship from the Officer's Wives Club of Fort Campbell. She finished all coursework last May with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Her bachelor's degree in print journalism is from American University, Washington, D.C.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Henley was a founding member of Austin Peay's Public Relations Student Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. As a student, she won third place for Best Graduate Research Paper at the 2001 Southeast Journalism Conference, which includes students from 45 colleges and universities in eight southern states.

Last summer Henley worked part time for Austin Peay, assisting with marketing efforts. Dennie Burke, executive director of public relations and marketing, said, "Cristina proved her value to Austin Peay during the short time she worked with us last summer. In addition to her intelligence, poise and tremendous initiative, Cristina has wonderful communication and problem-solving skills. And her enthusiasm and can-do attitude are infectious."

Henley was a campaign coordinator for the Clarksville/Montgomery County Economic Development Council in the summer of 2000. As such, she coordinated all promotional aspects of Aspire Clarksville, a $2 million fund-raising campaign to support marketing, as well as workforce and economic development efforts. From January to May 2000, she worked as a volunteer for the local Adult Literacy Council, producing a comprehensive marketing plan.

During January 1997, Henley was on the Media Logistics Staff of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Washington, D.C. She has been a contributing writer to newspapers in Virginia and Florida and was a staff writer for the "Daleville Sun Courier" and Thomas Technology Inc., Daleville, Ala.

As communication specialist, Henley's duties include gathering information and disseminating news about the University and its programs, activities, events and personnel; contributing to marketing efforts; and serving as a writer for "Austin Peay," the magazine for APSU alumni and friends. She is also the writer and editor of "Local Angle," an ongoing project that links APSU faculty experts with area media.

Born in Washington, D.C., Henley is the daughter of Gabriel and Monica Gross, Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Lt. Shawn Henley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, live in Fort Campbell, Ky.