Edward Hershey appointed director of public affairs
Edward Hershey has been named Reed’s director of public affairs. Hershey comes to Reed from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Hershey will oversee print and web communications, community and media relations, and conference and events planning at Reed.
“Ed Hershey has a long and distinguished career in communications,” noted Hugh Porter, Reed’s vice president of college relations. “We look forward to his creative leadership as the college approaches its centennial.”
“Reed is one of America's most intellectual and iconoclastic undergraduate liberal arts colleges,” Hershey said. “My work at Cornell and elsewhere has been about building. And the opportunity to go about it again at this point at a college of Reed’s quality in a place as dynamic as Portland is absolutely alluring.”
A journalist and municipal official before turning to higher education, Hershey has served as director of public relations at Long Island University in New York, director of communications at Colby College in Maine, and vice president for public affairs at Albright College in Pennsylvania. Before that he was an award-winning reporter for Newsday and assistant commissioner for public affairs in the New York City Department of Correction. After Newsday was sold to a national chain, his concern for the paper’s independence led him to organize a successful drive for an editorial union.
He has written books about baseball and hostage negotiation and since 1977 has judged the prominent George Polk Awards in Journalism.
“I’m not a very passive person,” Hershey said. “I tend to ask questions and get involved in things.”