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21st Century Partnership hires new deputy director

Hillary Strickland will start Monday as the new deputy director of the 21st Century Partnership.
Hillary Strickland will start Monday as the new deputy director of the 21st Century Partnership. wcrenshaw@macon.com

The 21st Century Partnership will have a new deputy director starting Monday.

Hillary Strickland is leaving her job as local advertising manager for The Telegraph to take the job with the partnership. The group works to promote the importance of Robins Air Force Base to national defense with the aim of protecting jobs there and securing new missions.

Dan Penny, director of the partnership, said in an email that Strickland will start Monday.

“She is smart, talented and works hard starting at the bottom of the ladder with the Telegraph to her present position as a multimedia account executive and local advertising manager,” he said in the email.

Strickland is a member of the 2016 Leadership Robins Region class. She holds a bachelor’s in mass communication from Georgia College and also earned a master’s in business administration by attending Georgia College classes at Robins.

She is filling a position that has mostly been vacant for more than a year. Stacy Campbell took the job in September after it had been vacant since the departure of Chrissy Miner in October, 2015. Campbell left a month later to become vice president of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Strickland, who is from Warner Robins, said her father was an Army veteran who worked at Robins for 35 years. She cited concerns about a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission as a main reason for taking the job.

“When I saw the opportunity to make sure we are protected from a BRAC, I took it,” she said.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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