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PR News Names Maeve Kiley PR Professional of the Year
Loyola’s Director of Communications Wins Award in Academic Institution Category
CHICAGO, November 13, 2007 –Maeve Kiley, director of communications for Loyola University Chicago, has been named PR Professional of the Year: Academic Institution by industry publication PR News. Kiley received the honor at the PR People Awards 2007 luncheon, held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., on Thursday, November 8.
The annual PR News PR People Awards celebrate the best in public relations and recognize the top talent, the innovators, and the passionate professionals who, day in and day out, make communications matter in the PR marketplace. Winners of the awards are the chosen few that have the right combination of dedication, passion, creativity, and proven success in their individual fields.
Kiley was one of four finalists in her category, and one of more than 1,000 applicants overall. Other finalists in the Academic Institution area included PR professionals from Old Dominion University, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Kiley was selected for her tireless work and dedication to Loyola University Chicago. In her position for just a little more than two years, Kiley played an important role in the revamp of the University’s image, its internal and external communications efforts, and the increase in overall media coverage for the University. She also supported the University’s first-ever image advertising campaign, established stronger internal communications by introducing a weekly e-newsletter for faculty and staff, led the implementation of a digital signage project on campus, and oversaw efforts to create an experts database that now consists of more than 200 Loyola professionals that are available to the local, national, and international media.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.