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For Immediate Release 
Contact: Odessa Hines
Phone: 919-546-8268 

Shaw University Names Director of Public Relations 

RALEIGH, NC (January 31, 2012) – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the South, today announced Odessa P. Hines as its Director of Public Relations. Hines will serve as the university’s official spokesperson and execute a strategic local, national, and global media relations program to increase awareness of the university’s programs and research. 

“Odessa brings a wealth of experience in public relations that will only benefit our university, as we seek to actively publicize our activities and communicate our contributions to society,” said Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. “Specifically, Odessa’s expertise will help elevate the university’s profile and further engage our key constituents. I am glad to have her onboard and I am confident her skills will create a lasting impact on our university.” 

Hines has more than 12 years experience in strategic communications and public relations, including positions at WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC and with Clear Channel Communications. She previously worked as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Communications at North Carolina State University where she served as the chancellor’s speechwriter, crafting position statements, talking points and opinion editorials on behalf of the chancellor. Prior to joining Shaw, Hines served as the Media and Communications Manager for Surgical Review Corporation and as a public relations consultant for technology companies and small businesses. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. 


 Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the first historically black university in the South. Shaw 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.