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July 11, 2012

PRSA Adds 15 Members to Its Prestigious College of Fellows

NEW YORK (July 11, 2012) —The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s Board of Directors has approved the recommendation of 15 PRSA members for admittance to the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows.
The College of Fellows, founded in 1989, is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership in the public relations industry. Admission is open to public relations practitioners or educators who have at least 20 years’ experience, are Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. College of Fellows members also must exhibit personal and professional qualities that make them role models for other practitioners or educators.
A selection committee consisting of 15 current College of Fellow members oversees the nomination of new Fellows by soliciting and reviewing applications and recommending a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors.
The new Fellows will be inducted into the College at a special dinner to be held Oct. 13, during the PRSA 2012 International Conference in San Francisco, Calif.
“Induction into the PRSA College of Fellows is one of the highest honors bestowed by PRSA and a hallmark of individual achievement and excellence,” said PRSA 2012 Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA. “This group of PRSA members has distinguished themselves through continued service and contributions to the profession and, in the process, set a terrific example for others to follow.”
The 2012 inductees to the PRSA College of Fellows are:
  • Jill R. Alexander, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior director, corporate communications, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
  • Barbara A. Burfeind, APR+M, Fellow PRSA, chief, VI plans & integration, Defense Visual Information (DVI)
  • Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, Publix Northwest PR & PA
  • Karen Mess Frashier, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director, Mental Health Care Foundation Inc.
  • Barbara S. Hyman, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief operating officer, Hopkins & Associates, Inc.
  • John Charles Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA, adjunct assistant professor, University of Oregon
  • Gail E. Rymer, APR, Fellow PRSA, communications consultant, Rymer & Associates
  • Deborah A. Silverman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor of communication, Buffalo State College
  • Linda L. Staley, APR, Fellow PRSA, brand manager, Carilion Clinic
  • Michele A. Swaner, APR, Fellow PRSA, corporate communications, Williams Northwest Pipeline
  • Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, Luquire George Andrews
  • Tom M. Unger, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president & manager – Oregon Public Relations, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Julie Ann Vincent, APR, Fellow PRSA, instructor, public relations, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Frederic L. Whiting, APR, Fellow PRSA, Hood College
  • Steven C. Zenofsky, APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant vice president/manager public relations, FM Global
“We’re proud to welcome these talented men and women into the PRSA College of Fellows,” said the College’s 2012 Chair, Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA. “Through their past achievements and future accomplishments, they’re leaving an indelible mark on their profession, their organizations, their communities and PRSA.”
The purpose of the College of Fellows is to recognize distinguished public relations leaders and to further the professionalism and reputation of public relations practice and education. College members provide mentoring for public relations professionals and student; support PRSA in the execution of its strategic plan, especially in the areas of advocacy and education; and create and sponsor a continuing education “Master Class” each year during the PRSA International Conference.

About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.
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