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Heather Lenard

Heather Lenard, MSPRA Communicator of the Year

Oxford, Mississippi (October 2, 2019) — The Mississippi School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) has named Oxford School District's Public Information Officer, Heather Lenard, 2019 Communicator of the Year.

The MSPRA Awards of Excellence annual awards program, held in Jackson, Mississippi, recognizes superior public relations programs and honors outstanding professionals in the field of school communications. Oxford School District brought home the top two recognitions given — Gold Medallion and Communicator of the Year — and awards in these communications categories:

  • First Place, Gold Medallion: Portrait of a Graduate
  • Communicator of the Year: Heather Lenard
  • First Place, News Story Print: “Central High School Honored Brick by Brick” – Heather Lenard
  • First Place, Newsletter Electronic: Charger Central – Heather Lenard
  • Second Place, Special Purpose Publication: District of Innovation – Heather Lenard & Lauren Hitchcock
  • Second Place, Social Media Campaign: “Harvey’s Homeruns” – Brian Harvey
  • Third Place, Website Design: Oxford Middle School – Lauren Hitchcock

About the Oxford School District Communications Team

Lauren Hitchcock

Lauren Hitchcock, OSD Webmaster

The Oxford School District Communications Team coordinates communication for the school district by incorporating public and media relations, web design, graphic art, social media, publication development, print, and online content in order to deliver important school messages and news to parents, students, teachers, the Oxford community, and the state of Mississippi. The Communications Team provides leadership to the district by interpreting public attitudes and providing accurate and effective information to gain public understanding and support. Two OSD staff members oversee district communications — Lauren Hitchcock, Webmaster and Graphic Designer, and Heather Lenard, Public Information Officer.

Hitchcock, an Oxford High School alumni, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She has worked for OSD since 2008 and is solely responsible for web design and content, coding, and accessibility for eight websites within the district. She provides training and technical support to all school-level leaders for content management.

Heather Lenard joined OSD in March of 2018 as the Public Information Officer. She is a Mississippi native but moved to Oxford from Colorado Springs, Colorado where she worked in public school communications and also in city government. She possesses a Master of Science in Communications from Mississippi College. She leads district-level programs with effective communication strategies and supports school-level communications.