Election to the College, which was created in 1989 as part of an initiative focused on the future of public relations, is considered the pinnacle of a professional’s career. College members are seen throughout PRSA and the profession serving in Chapter, District, Section and national leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, teaching, and engaging in professional practice. To 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. Fewer 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 2016 National Board of Directors. The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College at a dinner to be held Oct. 22, immediately prior to the PRSA 2016 International Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
“The 23 inductees to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows set the standard for strategic communications that deliver business results. But they go beyond just that and serve as sage counsel, mentors and examples for the rest of us,” said PRSA 2016 National Chair Mark McClennan, APR. “I congratulate them on the well-deserved honor, and ask them to continue to challenge all of us to always strive for excellence in all we do.”
The 2016 inductees to the PRSA College of Fellows are:
James W. (J.W.) Arnold, APR, Fellow PRSA, Principal, PRDC Public Relations
W. Gregory Bailey, APR, Fellow PRSA, Principal, Bailey & Company Public Relations
Kay Barkin, APR, Fellow PRSA, Social Marketer, Paving the Way/MHMR Tarrant
Kristie Byrum, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Mary J. Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Leadership Consultant, Integrated Leadership Systems
Melissa K. Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, Consultant
Dr. Deborah A. Davis, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Professor, Ball State University
Catherine S. Dunkin, APR, Fellow PRSA, Lecturer of Management, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Michelle J. Egan, APR, Fellow PRSA, Corporate Communications Director, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Aaron Ellis, APR, Fellow PRSA, Public Affairs Director, American Association of Port Authorities
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA, Owner/President, Falcon Valley Group
Robert T. Hastings, APR+M, Fellow PRSA, EVP Communications & Government Affairs, Bell Helicopter Mary T. Henige, APR, Fellow PRSA, Founder and Chief Consultant, Magnetica Communications LLC
Sherry Kast, APR, Fellow PRSA, Director of Corporate Communications and PR, Express Employment Professionals
Jangyul Robert Kim, APR, Fellow PRSA, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Journalism and Media Communication
Mitchell E. Marovitz, APR, Fellow PRSA, Chair, PR Program & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College
Jeri Matheney, APR, Fellow PRSA, Communications Director, Appalachian Power
Margaret C. Ritsch, APR, Fellow PRSA, Instructor, Texas Christian University
Robert F. Schultz, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Events, Downtown Indy, Inc.
Kristine M. Simoes, APR, Fellow PRSA, Specialist Professor, PR, Monmouth University
Jaron M. Terry, MS, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Jaron Terry Communications Ltd.
Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA, Project Director, ICF International
Larry M. Weiner, APR, Fellow PRSA, Public Relations Coordinator/Instructor, Montclair State University, School of Communication and Media
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.