For Immediate Release
December 18, 2019

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The NHHEAF Network Organizations Name Rich Killion as Chief Strategy and Public Affairs Officer


Concord, N.H. — The NHHEAF Network Organizations has announced that Rich Killion, of Bow, will be joining The Organizations as Chief Strategy and Public Affairs Officer. Killion will manage policy, development, and communications, while also leading strategy and innovation activities.

With over thirty years of experience in external relations and strategic communications, Killion was co-founder and Managing Partner at Elevare Communications in Concord for the past fifteen years. Previously, Rich worked at Franklin Pierce University in a number of leadership positions, including Managing Director of College Relations and the Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. Rich has been a strategist and senior advisor to several Presidential candidates and active in many public relations, fundraising and economic development initiatives in New Hampshire. He currently serves on Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Rich earned a B.A. in Economics from Stonehill College and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.

“Rich has significant leadership experience in communicating and working with critical stakeholders committed to making a positive impact on the lives of the students and families we serve,” stated Christiana Thornton, President & CEO of the nonprofit NHHEAF Network Organizations. “He has helped many organizations implement their critical missions through many challenging endeavors in the non-profit, public-sector and private-sector arenas. We welcome Rich to our senior management team and in joining us in further helping New Hampshire’s students and families pay and plan for college.”

Since 1962, the nonprofit NHHEAF Network Organizations have helped New Hampshire families plan and pay for higher education. The Organizations’ Center for College Planning (CCP) provides NH students and families with college planning information. Free materials, programs, and services help the state’s residents to understand the college admissions process, apply for financial aid and scholarships, and explore possible financing options.