MORGANTOWN, WV: Widmeyer Communications has established the first enhanced professorship in PR at West Virginia University. The contribution is one of the first of its kind in the nation to PR education.
RHINEBECK, NY: Lt. Col. (Ret) Howard Penn Hudson died on January 1. A former president of the Washington, DC, PRSA chapter, he founded the Public Relations Quarterly in 1955, and remained editor-publisher until his death. He joined Ruder and Finn in 1960 as director of Washington operations, and, in 1968, started Hudson's Washington Directory, now in its 38th year. Hudson was inducted into the PRSA Capital Chapter's hall of fame in 2001. He became a member of the College of Fellows of the PRSA in 2002.
NEW YORK: Plesser Associates, a Manhattan-based PR firm, has named Kent Holland, 40, partner. The firm is now Plesser Holland Associates. Holland joined the firm in 1995.
BALTIMORE: Warschawski, a full-service PR, marketing, and branding agency, has been retained as AOR for The Chima Group of SunTrust Securities, a division of the bank's private client-services group.
ST. LOUIS: Brighton has hired Sally Behringer, former communications specialist for Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO), as managing supervisor of its PR group, and Jean Brodshaug Dugan, former senior PR manager for Osborn & Barr Communications, as account supervisor.
ELDERSBURG, MD: High-performance computing system company Nallatech has named Topaz Partners as its AOR. Topaz will work with the Scotland-based company to build its presence in the US, as well as raise the visibility of its technology.
BOSTON: Greenough Communications has been named AOR of Marlboro, MA-based Egenera, a provider of a data-center computing platform.
LOS ANGELES: MWW Group announced four new clients in its LA office: LA County Fire Museum Association, Del Amo Fashion Center, Th?ver and Associates, and St. Francis Medical Center.
DENVER: Peri Marketing & Public Relations has been retained by Six Flags Theme Parks to conduct its Spring Spin-One Good Turn to Benefit Another charity benefit day at parks in Houston, San Francisco, Denver, and Lake George, NY.
WASHINGTON: Environics Communications has been chosen as the new national PR agency for the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, which pioneered the "chasing arrows" symbol to help consumers identify recycled paperboard.
NEW YORK: The Marino Organization has added six accounts, including the Center for American Progress, a DC-based, nonpartisan research and educational institute led by former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta.
MCLEAN, VA: ENC Marketing & Communications has hired Amber Campbell Allman for the newly created post of PR director. Allman joins from the American Red Cross.