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Denise Hill, Ph.D.

Denise Hill, Ph.D., was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2020.

Hill is a strategic communications counselor, educator and researcher with more than 25 years of corporate communication and public relations agency experience. She is currently an associate professor at Elon University’s School of Communications, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic communications. She also has taught at New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Before joining Elon University, she was vice president of communications and public relations at Delhaize America, parent company of Food Lion and Hannaford Brothers. She has held chief communication officer positions at Quest Diagnostics and a business unit of Wyndham Worldwide. In addition, she served as a vice president of communication at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Cigna. She began her career at a Carl Byoir/Hill & Knowlton agency.
Hill is on the national board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America, where she is an accredited (APR) member. She a member of the board of trustees of The Museum of Public Relations, APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council, the Arthur Page Society, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the American Journalism Historians Association. In addition, she is secretary-treasurer of the Commission on Public Relations Education. She also serves on the advisory council of the Diversity Action Alliance, the editorial advisory board of the Public Relations Journal, and she is a PRSA liaison to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Hill also serves on the board of directors of Easterseals of North Carolina and Virginia.
She earned a B.A. and M.A. in communication from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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