Doug Hennes

Vice President

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Doug is a 1977 College of St. Thomas graduate. He worked from 1976 to 1990 at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a reporter and editor, and has been at St. Thomas since October 1990, first as executive director for university relations (1990-94), then as associate vice president for university relations (1994-1997) and since 1997 as vice president for for university and government relations.

Doug's primary responsibilities are to manage a department of 26 people, serve as the university’s government lobbyist, serve as the university’s spokesperson, and write for publications. He has four direct reports (Bill Kirchgessner, Jim Winterer, Mike Ekern and John Hershey) and also supervises/coordinates the university’s activities with its contract lobbyists in Washington, St. Paul and Minneapolis.