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October is when great things happen at TVP Communications. In October 2011, I launched the agency and this month I’m excited to announce another defining moment—that Erin Hennessy will be joining TVP Communications in January 2014 as vice president.
 
Erin currently serves as assistant vice president for public affairs and publishing at the American Council on Education. She oversees the Council’s media and public relations efforts, the editing of all Council publications, and all facets of the member magazine, The Presidency.
 
 
Prior to joining ACE in 2007, Erin served as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Before moving to Washington, D.C., from her home state of New Jersey, she spent more than five years as deputy chief of staff to two presidents at Drew University, Thomas H. Kean and Robert Weisbuch. She also held positions in the New Jersey Governor’s Office during the administration of Christine Todd Whitman.
 
When I first met Erin through my interactions with ACE, I was drawn in by her intelligence and personality. Her knowledge about higher education industry, connections, wit and policy insights make her a natural to hit the ground running and bring some great results for our clients as part of the TVP Communications team.
 
Those of you who work with us know we take our jobs seriously, yet we find ways to infuse fun in our approach whenever possible. For that reason, here’s the information you really need to know about Erin.
 
Sweet or salty?
Salty, always. Both in food and personality.
 
What is your spirit animal (or if you are a geek, like me, patronus)?
Bulleit Bourbon with three ice cubes.
 
Favorite movie?
Tie. Love Actually and Shawshank Redemption.
 
Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars or none of the above?
NONE! I am the last person in America who has never seen a Star Wars movie. Never. Nor any of the others.
 
[Note from TVP: we’ll work to ensure that Doctor Who quickly becomes the answer here.]
 
What is your guilty pleasure?
Lately, it’s soapy TV (Nashville, Scandal, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/) and the celebu-gossip rags at the hair salon.
 
Well then, US Weekly, People, InTouch or other?
US Weekly and People.
 
Last question—biggest professional crush?
Oh gosh. Gordon Gee. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no one like him, and few as kind to those around him.
 
With those answers, what’s not to love? Feel free to follow and send Erin a congratulatory note on Twitter (@erinahennessy) or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/erinahennessy) and you, too, can become a member of her fan club. But know that I will always be the club’s president.