Hodges University Alumna Named one of Editor and Publisher’s 25 Under 35

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On April 1, Editor & Publisher released its list of the 25 most successful and forward-thinking individuals in the journalism industry who are under the age of 35. At 34 years old, Hodges alumna Shawna Devlin made the list for her innovative process and motivating management style as vice president of advertising for the Naples Daily News in Naples, Florida.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Devlin. “It is reflection of the team we have at the Naples Daily News and the value we work hard to create for the benefit of our clients.”

Publisher of the Naples Daily News Bill Barker submitted Devlin for the recognition, saying, “She is highly deserving and has a true love for selling. Shawna is out in the community talking to clients every day and living our mission of helping businesses grow and succeed.”

Earning a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration, Devlin not only balanced school work, but managed a full-time job and a family while at Hodges. She credits the flexibility of her course schedule and professors for allowing her to pursue her educational goals while building a career.

Devlin gives back to her alma mater as a member of the Alumni Advisory Council at Hodges. Employer and alumni relations manager Brian Hawkins works closely with Devlin, who he admits is one of the institution’s biggest supporters.

“She is an avid Hodges fan and dedicated member of our Alumni Advisory Council. We are proud to have her as part of the Hodges family. Shawna’s dedication and hard work is an excellent example of how Hodges graduates lead the way in Southwest Florida,” said Hawkins.

Believing her experience at Hodges made an impact on her in a meaningful and foundational way, Devlin expressed her gratitude saying, “Hodges played a role in my professional story, and I am thankful for the care and time the people at Hodges have invested in me. They have truly enriched my life personally and professionally.”

To view the full list of Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35, visit http://www.editorandpublisher.com/feature/eps-25-under-35-2016/.

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