July 14, 2010

David Henahan Named Director of Communications at SUNY Empire State College

(Saratoga Springs, N.Y. July 13, 2010)) President Alan R. Davis has announced that David M. Henahan has been appointed director of communications at the college, effective July 13. Henahan was formerly director of media relations at SUNY System Administration.

“Dave’s ability to successfully manage critical communications issues and his experience and knowledge of SUNY and New York state government, make him the right person for the job. I am delighted he will be joining our team and I am eager to begin our work together,” said Davis.

As director of communications, his primary responsibility will be the development, implementation and management of an integrated communications plan that will raise the profile of the college across the state of New York, nationally and internationally and reach the public, the college’s 60,000 alumni, elected officials, and business and community leaders. Henahan will report to SUNY Empire State College Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Mary Caroline Powers.

“It is a very exciting and challenging time for public higher education. The college’s new strategic plan, Vision 2015, and SUNY’s overall plan, The Power of SUNY, provide the direction needed to enhance and improve public higher education for New York,” said Henahan. “I look forward to meeting the challenges before us by managing a broader set of responsibilities as we work together to raise awareness of SUNY Empire State College’ s successes with adult learners, unique mentor-learner relationship, and its international educational efforts.”

Among other duties, Henahan also will serve as college spokesperson, establish strategic media relations, and work with various college constituencies and colleagues in the Office of Communications and Government Relations to create publications and events to support and increase recognition of the college.

He began his SUNY career January 1998 in the System Administration press office and earned increased responsibilities in media relations and issues management and became the primary spokesperson for the SUNY chancellor.

Previously, Henahan served as a media coordinator for the New York State Assembly's Communications Services and prior to that produced news and documentaries for Broadcast News Networks. He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Purchase. Henahan is married to Joyce Wolf and they reside in Saratoga Springs.

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, seminars, residencies and online courses. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.


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