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Kelly Sprecher Named Director of Communications and Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Augustana College has announced Kelly Sprecher as the College’s new director of communications and media relations. Currently assistant vice president and communications consultant with Wells Fargo Regional Banking, she replaces retiring Bruce Conley, Augustana’s director of news information since 1990.

Sprecher has been with Wells Fargo in various capacities since 2002 and has been responsible for managing the firm’s media relations, internal communications, media training and the marketing of its student loan programs. Prior to Wells Fargo, she wrote for The Daily Republic in Mitchell, SD. She is an award-winning writer, has been honored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association, and has won three Wells Fargo service awards for exceptional performance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mass communications from the University of South Dakota in 2001.

“We’re going to miss Bruce Conley, an exceptional professional in every way and a friend to everyone. He has done so much for Augustana and we wish him all the best in his retirement. At the same time, we’re very excited to have Kelly join our Marketing and Communications staff. This was an extremely competitive search with many highly qualified candidates. As we considered the specific needs of the College, her combination of writing skills, media relations experience and marketing expertise made her the perfect choice,” said Bob Preloger, vice president for marketing and communications.

Sprecher begins at Augustana on June 1.