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July 27, 2016

Government Group Joins Universal Accreditation Board for PR Professionals

NEW YORK (July 12, 2016) — The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) has joined the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), the leading certification body for the public relations profession that governs the APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) process. NAGC will become the ninth participating organization in the UAB.
“We welcome government communicators to the UAB and encourage them to invest in their personal and professional development by earning our industry’s certification, the APR,” said Elizabeth McMillan, APR, 2016 UAB chair, and director, corporate communications, Fiserv. “This has been quite a year for the UAB, with the launch of an updated Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations based on newly aligned knowledge, skills and abilities; a new “It Takes A PRo” campaign highlighting the benefits of the APR; and the addition of another participating organization. I’m honored to be chair of this hardworking board.”
NAGC is a professional-development-focused network of federal, tribal, state and local government communication professionals who disseminate information within and outside government.
“The communication skills needed by professionals in the public sector are similar to those in the private sector, but the mission, environments and limitations of government agencies offer unique challenges,” said NAGC President John Verrico. “Our goal has always been to promote the highest quality practitioners by helping our members improve their skills. Joining the UAB affords NAGC’s membership an opportunity to engage in the APR process.”
NAGC advocates, recognizes and promotes excellence in government communication, and is the only association for, by and about government communicators. Its members are agency spokespersons, editors, speechwriters, graphic artists, broadcasters, photographers, webmasters and digital information specialists.
Representing NAGC on the UAB will be Laura A. Kirkpatrick, APR, the director of public information and tourism for Monmouth County, New Jersey. Kirkpatrick earned her APR in 2015 and has been a member of NAGC since 2005. She previously served on the NAGC Board of Directors. She is also a member of PRSA, PRSANJ and the New Jersey County Public Information Officers Association. 
“I am eager to add the perspective of the government communicator to the UAB,” said Kirkpatrick. “We are all public relations practitioners committed to quality communication principles and ethical practices, with a dedication to lifelong learning.”
  • The other eight UAB participating organizations and their representatives are:
  • Agricultural Relations Council – Robert O. Giblin, APR
  • Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico – Carlos Rivera-Cuesta, APR
  • Florida Public Relations Association – Kathleen M. Giery, APR, CPRC, and Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC
  • Maine Public Relations Council – Eric Blom, APR
  • National School Public Relations Association – Barb Nicol, APR
  • Public Relations Society of America – Diane W. Jones, APR; Ann Knabe, Ph.D., APR+M; Mitchell E. Marovitz, Ph.D., APR; Katherine Leigh Mason, APR; Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR; Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA; Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR; Richard G. Steele, APR+M; and Susan Walton, MA, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Religion Communicators Council – Douglas Farber Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA
  • Southern Public Relations Federation – Caron K. Blanton, APR, and Adam Kelley, APRThe PRSA National Board of Directors liaison to the UAB is Anthony W. D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA.
The Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) administers the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations and coordinates all activities related to the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation. The UAB was established in 1998 by a coalition of public relations professional organizations. For more information about the APR designation and UAB, visit
Learn more about NAGC at Public relations organizations interested in joining the UAB can learn more at
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