Founded in 1989, the College of Fellows is a community of less than 350 senior PRSA members who have successfully advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their leadership in the public relations industry. In order qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, the public relations practitioner or educator must have at least 20 years of experience, 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. Less than two percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
A selection committee, consisting of current College of Fellows members, solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the PRSA 2015 National Board of Directors. The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College at a dinner to be held Nov. 7, immediately prior to the PRSA 2015 International Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
“Each year, we are honored to review the extensive and impressive careers of candidates for the PRSA College of Fellows, and are reminded of the hard work it takes to achieve excellence and longevity in the public relations profession,” said PRSA 2015 National Chair Kathy Barbour, APR. “I thank each and every new Fellow for their dedication to the profession and to the Society.”
The 2015 inductees to the PRSA College of Fellows are:
Lauren F. Brookey, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, external affairs, Tulsa Community College
Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, corporate communications, Wells Fargo & Co.
Checky Herrington, APR, Fellow PRSA, market research manager, Mississippi State University
Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation
Lori L. Marble, APR, Fellow PRSA, transformation agent, Mercy Health System
Michael L. McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, McDougall Communications
W. Patrick McSweeney, APR, Fellow PRSA vice president, Laughlin Constable
Paula L. Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior communications specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office
Michael A. Pflughoeft, APR, Fellow PRSA, owner, MAP Communications
David L. Remund, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor, University of Oregon
Sara Spaulding, APR, Fellow PRSA, Market Development Manager - Century Link Colorado
Charles R. Suits, APR, Fellow PRSA, adjunct professor, Florida Atlantic University
Susan Balcom Walton, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, university and public affairs, University of North Dakota
Judy DeRango Wicks, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, corporate communications, Fiserv, Inc. (retired)
Gregory J. Zimprich, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of global internal & business communications, Honeywell
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 110 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 340 colleges and universities.