NEW YORK (Aug. 10, 2010) – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced today that it has elected 14 PRSA members to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows. The 2010 Fellows candidates will be inducted Oct. 16, at a ceremony at the PRSA 2010 International Conference in Washington, D.C.
“One of the great duties of chair and CEO is to welcome the 2010 inductees into the College of Fellows,” said Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA. “This class represents many of our most dedicated members — leaders and volunteers who have proven their commitment to advancing PRSA and the profession.”
The College of Fellows was founded in 1990 as a way to recognize individuals who have demonstrated superior capabilities as public relations practitioners or educators. According to the PRSA Bylaws, College of Fellows candidates must have 20 years or more of experience in the public relations industry and exhibit exceptional personal and professional qualities, while advancing the state of the profession. This year’s candidates are senior practitioners and educators who have shown strong dedication and made significant contributions to the field of public relations.
“Induction into the PRSA College of Fellows is one of the highest individual honors in our profession,” said Judy Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA, and 2010 College of Fellows chair. “We are proud to welcome these talented men and women into the College — through their accomplishments, they have left a footprint on their profession, their organizations, their communities and PRSA.”
2010 PRSA College of Fellows inductees include:
- Sydney Ayers, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Ayers Public Relations.
- Jack Berkman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and CEO, BERKMAN.
- Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, communications and public affairs, Ash Grove Cement Company.
- Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, JKD & Company, Inc.
- Julie B. Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor & director of undergraduate studies, Valenti School of Communication, University of Houston.
- John Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor and head, department of communication, Mississippi State University.
- Dennis Gaschen, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor/counselor, California State University, Fullerton.
- Amiso George, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor of strategic communication, Texas Christian University.
- Jodi Horton, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, IDEAS@WORK, Inc.
- Jeffrey Julin, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, MGA Communications, Inc.
- Francis Onofrio, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Mason Inc.
- Judy Parker, APR, Fellow PRSA, CH2M HILL, City of Sandy Springs, Ga.
- Susan Whyte Simon, APR, Fellow PRSA, lecturer, University of Maryland.
- Elizabeth Toth, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, full professor and chair, department of communication, University of Maryland.
About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
With more than 31,000 members, PRSA
is the largest organization of public relations professionals and students. PRSA is comprised of 111 local Chapters
organized into 10 geographic Districts
; 16 Professional Interest Sections
that focus on issues, trends and research relevant to specialized practice areas, such as technology, health care, financial communications, entertainment and sports, and travel tourism; and the Public Relations Student Society of America
(PRSSA), which has more than 300 Chapters
at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. PRSA is headquartered in New York.