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Director of Public Relations
Phone: 919-546-8268 
E-mail:  ohines@shawu.edu   

Home > University News > 2011 University News

For Immediate Release 
May 24, 2011
Contact: Mack Ward
Phone: (919) 546-8347
mcward@shawu.edu 

 

Shaw's Fillingham Named CIAA Sports Information Director of the Year 

 

(Newport News, VA) - Shaw University's Sherri Fillingham was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Sports Information Director of the Year at the conference's annual banquet at the Marriott at City Center Tuesday.

The John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year Award is presented by the conference based on a vote by the members of the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.  Fillingham is finishing her second year as Sports Information Director at Shaw.

During the 2010-2011 season, Fillingham launched a completely revamped athletics website (www.shawbears.com), and provided the public relations support for NCAA appearances by the Shaw football, men's and women's basketball, and men's tennis teams - including a Final Four appearance by the Lady Bears basketball team.  In all, Fillingham has the responsibility for publicizing all 13 intercollegiate sports Shaw sponsors.

Prior to taking the reins of the Sports Information Director in 2009, she had worked at Shaw for 18 months in another capacity.  She holds a Masters of Sports Administration degree from Ohio University and a Bachelors of Science in Journalism (Public Relations), also from Ohio. 

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Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.