- Posted by Poston Communications
- On April 4, 2022
- awards, leadership
Engel, who joined Poston Communications in 2021 after serving as vice president of communications and marketing at Augusta University and Augusta University Health, was honored for her leadership of communications and marketing teams, strategy and outreach related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including public positioning of medical experts and innovations that resulted in more than $40 million in advertising equivalency and statewide endorsement from public officials.
“The best thing about my time in higher education and healthcare communications was no doubt the people and the teams I have been privileged to lead,” said Engel. “The pandemic took a special toll on higher education marketers and produced an even greater ask for healthcare communicators. Due to academic medicine’s special place in the center of it all, I had the unique opportunity to watch innovation, resilience and compassion every day.”
Engel brings her strategic communications and media relations experience to Poston Communications, leveraging earned media opportunities in national publications, responding to crisis communications matters and building communications strategies for our valued clients.
“We are proud of Christen’s contributions and leadership, both today on behalf of our clients as well as in her previous role – one that no doubt shaped communications strategies for the healthcare and higher education sectors during a particularly challenging time,” said Poston President Monica Smith. “Our clients and our team benefit from Christen’s sound communications counsel, and we are thankful to PRNEWS for recognizing her amazing contributions.”
PRNEWS’ Nonprofit Awards program is dedicated to honoring the most talented communicators and teams in the nonprofit sector.
Engel is past chair of the University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Public Relations Administrative Committee and the University of South Carolina Young Alumni Association. She is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement. In addition, Engel was named one of 10 Young Professionals to Watch in 2019 by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Augusta.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University.