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Barbara Laskin

Amy Phenix Named New Macalester College Director of Communications

Amy PhenixSt. Paul, Minn. - February 10, 2009 - Amy Phenix has been named Director of Communications at Macalester College. Phenix graduated from Macalester in 1988 and has a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

“For many reasons, Amy’s a terrific fit for this position at Macalester,” said Vice President for Advancement, Tommy Bonner.  “Her leadership skills are exemplary. Her background in higher education, public affairs, management and community relations will significantly benefit the Macalester community.  And as a Macalester graduate, she already has an understanding of the campus culture which is a great advantage.”

Most recently, Phenix was the vice president for Marketing and Communications at Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis. Previously she was a director at Himle Horner, Inc., the Minneapolis public relations and public affairs firm, and for five years, she was director of news and public information at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.  Other positions include director of communications for former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and public affairs associate for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota.

"I'm excited to return to Macalester," said Phenix. "My role will be to work with students, faculty, the administration and alumni to further enhance the international reputation and articulate the value of a Macalester education which positions students for success in today's global society."

Phenix, who will assume her new duties Feb. 16, 2009, will supervise a group of ten professionals and oversee Macalester’s media relations, publications, externally focused web efforts and marketing initiatives.  She will also serve as the college spokesperson and advise the President and other key officials.

Phenix succeeds former Director of College Relations Doug Stone.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.