Andrea Jones, 404-413-1351
ATLANTA—Don Hale, the former vice president for public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, will become the vice president for public relations and marketing communications at Georgia State University Oct. 1, Georgia State President Mark Becker announced today.
Hale has extensive experience in higher education communications and has been the chief public relations strategist and counselor to six university presidents in his career. He most recently has been a consultant to major higher education institutions and other organizations, focusing on strategic public relations planning and implementation, organizational restructuring and institutional identity.
“Don Hale brings proven leadership and a wealth of experience building comprehensive public relations programs,” said President Mark Becker. “We look forward to his leadership as Georgia State continues to become increasingly recognized for the quality of its programs, and for the innovation that it is demonstrating in tackling some of the most vexing challenges facing higher education today. Our ability to attract a leader of Don’s caliber is a testament to the exciting advances that we are making.”
Hale joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 after 19 years at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was vice president for university relations and secretary to the Board of Trustees. He previously was director of public relations at Drexel University. He began his career as a newsman with United Press International after graduating from Temple University.
He has managed public relations departments that have earned national and regional recognition from the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Learn more about Hale at www.donhalepr.com.
Sept. 20, 2012