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March 10, 2014

PRSA Opens Nominating Process in Search for 2015 National Leadership

NEW YORK (March 10, 2014) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is looking for tomorrow’s leaders today. Beginning today, PRSA invites its members to apply for open positions on the 2015 Board of Directors.
Serving as a leader for PRSA is a rich, rewarding experience and is critical to the effective governance of the Society and in creating a collaborative community of opportunity for the nearly 22,000 PRSA members. The PRSA Board of Directors acts as the public face of the organization and also advocates on behalf of the profession, encouraging others to engage with the organization, assist with committees and provide valuable insight into what is happening within the profession and the industry.
“Selecting dedicated, engaged and experienced directors is critical to the success of the PRSA and influences the entire industry,” said Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, chair of the 2014 Nominating Committee. “I am confident that qualified candidates will find national board service with PRSA an incredibly rewarding experience and one that validates them as leaders of the public relations profession.”
The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to fill the three Executive Committee positions as well as the Director positions for five Districts and one At-Large position. The available positions are as follows:
  • Chair-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Director, East Central District
  • Director, Mid-Atlantic District
  • Director, Northeast District
  • Director, Tri-State District
  • Director, Western District
  • Director, At-Large
Detailed information about board service, including eligibility, and the applications are available on the PRSA website. Additionally, a series of teleconferences will be conducted by current PRSA leadership to discuss the requirements for serving on the PRSA Board of Directors and to answer candidates’ questions.  Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by another PRSA member. The application deadline is Tuesday, June 17.
The PRSA Nominating Committee will review applications and supporting documents and interview candidates when it convenes Aug., 1-3, 2014 in Chicago. In reviewing candidates, the Committee will assess qualifications such as leadership skills and professional accomplishments. The candidates’ variety of practice sectors, geographical origin and diversity will also be taken into consideration.
To be eligible as a director, the applicant must be Accredited in Public Relations (APR), be a member of the Society in good standing and have at least one of the following qualifications:
  • Held a leadership role within the Society, including, but not limited to, served as a member of a Chapter, District or Section board of directors, chaired a national or local committee or task force, or served as an Assembly delegate; or
  • Served as a public relations professional for 20 or more years, with increasing levels of responsibility.
To be eligible as an officer, the candidate must meet the eligibility criteria required of a director and must have served on the Society’s board. A person currently serving as a director may seek to be elected for an officer position.
Final selections will be presented for a vote by the PRSA Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 11. For questions about the nomination process, contact Donna Jonas at PRSA Headquarters at (212) 460-1403.
About the Public Relations Society of America
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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