The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. announced today that it had hired Mireille Grangenois as its new publisher. Ms. Grangenois, an advertising, marketing, and public-relations executive who began her career as a reporter, will be the first publisher hired from outside the company when she starts work here within the next few weeks.
Ms. Grangenois, currently a managing director at the Burson-Marsteller public-relations firm, has wide experience in the news business, both online and in print. She served previously as vice president for advertising at The Sun, in Baltimore, where she also was vice president for marketing and interactive media and general manager of its Web site. Before working at The Sun, she was an advertising executive at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive and at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
At Burson-Marsteller, Ms. Grangenois is responsible for its multicultural practice. Her clients include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and Hampton University.
Ms. Grangenois, a native New Yorker and 1978 alumna of New York University, began her career as a reporter for The Sun. She later was a reporter at Business Week, at the Gannett News Service, and at USA Today when that newspaper was starting up. She also worked as director of minority affairs at the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
In recent years, Ms. Grangenois has served on the boards of several cultural, civic, and academic organizations, including the University of Maryland’s journalism school, the Open Society Institute, the Lincoln Theater, in Washington, D.C., and the Center Stage Theater, in Baltimore.
In addition to the two newspapers and their associated Web sites and other online services, The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. produces the Arts & Letters Daily Web site, newsletters for trustees of colleges and other nonprofit organizations, and live and online events for people in higher education and the nonprofit world.