FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges University announced that Teresa Araque has joined as Assistant Vice President/Public Information Officer for the university.
“Teresa brings a wealth of experience in marketing, public relations and communications, and we’re pleased to have her join our team,” said Dr. John Meyer, president, Hodges University.
Prior to joining Hodges University, Teresa was the director of communications/public information officer at Florida SouthWestern State College. Teresa has more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience.
Teresa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with specialties in sports and feature writing from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. She has worked as a local reporter for the Naples Daily News and Bonita Banner, and then as a public relations expert for a local advertising agency and then a large corporation. In 2000 she launched WordPlay, Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing company.
Over the years, she has been involved with several non-profit and civic organizations, including as a founding member and past president of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)/Gulf Coast Chapter, and as the public relations director for the Taste of Collier for 10 years. Currently, she is a board member for Sports Club, an after-school program. She was selected by Gulfshore Business magazine as a Top 40 Under 40 business professional. She has won multiple Image Awards from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) for excellence in public relations, in addition to five Telly Awards for excellence in short videos and television commercials. She is a graduate of Leadership Collier in 2010 and Leadership Lee in 2014. In 2014, she was named a finalist for the APEX Award by the Women in Business of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. She is the past Chair of the Association of Florida Colleges’ Communications and Marketing Commission. In 2019, she will graduate from Leadership Bonita.
Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as an Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.