Louise Selden

Steward of Finneytown

Louise was a pioneer in the field of school public relations in Cincinnati in her 22-years working for the Finneytown Local School District. She used her journalism background to inform residents and promote district projects and activities in a positive, professional manner.


Louise Arnett Selden was born in Bloomington, IN, and graduated with a double degree in journalism and history form Indiana University. She married George LeGrand Selden, a native of Louisville, KY, and had two children, Nancy Selden (now Millett) and George Selden, Jr. The family moved to Cincinnati when her husband joined Proctor and Gamble as an analytical chemist.


Louise began her school public relations career in Finneytown in 1969 as Administrative Aide to the Superintendent, a part-time job she held until her retirement in 1992. Prior to that she had served as a Public Service Promotions Editor for The Courier-Journal andThe Louisville Time. Louise’s Finneytown responsibilities included creating a total communications program for the school district, writing and editing The Finneytown School District Newsletters and The Annual Report; preparing news releases for metropolitan newspapers; writing monthly in-house Staff-Grams; taking photos for publications; covering all Board of Education meetings; working with radio and TV personnel; writing and designing special brochures.


Louise has been a member of the Association for Women in Communications, Inc. and served as president of the Cincinnati Professional Chapter, and arranged local meetings and workshops for other school communications professionals for the National School Public Relations Association. She and her husband are lifetime members of the Finneytown Schools Education Foundation. She served on the board of the Finneytown Area Summer Theatre.