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July 17, 2013

PRSA to Induct 14 Members to Its Esteemed College of Fellows

UPDATE: Release updated on 7/24 to include job titles of the new Fellows and a quote by College of Fellows 2013 chair Maria Russell
NEW YORK (July 17, 2013) —The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s Board of Directors has approved the recommendation of 14 PRSA members for acceptance 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 with 20 years’ experience or more, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential 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 current College of Fellow members oversees the nomination of new Fellows. The committee solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the 2013 Board of Directors.
The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College at a dinner to be held Oct. 26, during the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.
“The PRSA College of Fellows is proud to welcome another outstanding group of inductees this year,” said PRSA 2013 Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA. “This incredible collection of public relations professionals exemplifies the dedication, contributions and advancement of the profession that makes induction the highest honor conferred by PRSA.”
The 2013 inductees to the PRSA College of Fellows are:
  • Kristie Aylett, APR, Fellow PRSA, agency principal, The KARD Group Public Relations/Marketing
  • Vicki Bagwell, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, Western Kentucky University                                                       
  • Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, APR, Fellow PRSA, graduate student and Admiral Stephen B. Luce Scholar, U.S. Naval War College
  • Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor and consultant, Seton Hall University and The McGraw Group
  • Mark Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director, Golin Harris
  • Mary E. Eaddy, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of marketing and public relations, Horry Georgetown Technical College
  • Janet C. Hart, CFEE, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, public relations and communications, Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont
  • Susan Hart, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Hart Public Relations and Communications LLC
  • Betsy A. Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, California State University, Fresno
  • William G. Jasso, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of practice, Syracuse University
  • Chris Lynch, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, Falls Communications
  • Chad Perry, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior public relations specialist, University New Mexico, Valencia Campus
  • Douglas K. Spong, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Carmichael Lynch Spong
  • M. Gigi Westerman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Strategic Image Inc.
"It is with great honor that I welcome 14 exceptional PRSA members to the prestigious College of Fellows," said Maria Russell, APR, Fellow PRSA, 2013 chair, PRSA College of Fellows. "Through their past achievements and potential for future accomplishments, these new Fellows are leaving an indelible mark on our profession, their organizations, their communities and PRSA. We look forward to publicly recognizing these very special individuals during the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia."

The purpose of the College of Fellows is to recognize notable 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 students, support PRSA in the execution of its strategic plan specifically in the areas of advocacy and education, and create and sponsor a continuing education “Master Class” for advanced professionals each year during the PRSA International Conference.
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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