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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McKinney one of fifteen inducted into PRSA College of Fellows

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s Board of Directors has approved the recommendation of 15 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 current College of Fellows members oversees the nomination of new Fellows. The committee solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the 2014 Board of Directors.

The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College at a dinner to be held Oct. 11, during the PRSA 2014 International Conference in Washington, D.C.
“The fifteen impressive inductees of the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows each have more than two decades of exemplary public relations work and are a model of what can be achieved in our profession,” said PRSA 2014 National Chair Joe Cohen, APR.  “I congratulate them on this incredible honor and I urge students and new professionals to follow the example of this outstanding group.”

The 2014 inductees to the
PRSA College of Fellows are:
  • Anita A. Brightman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, A. Bright Idea, LLC
  • Douglas F. Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor, Virginia Tech
  • Amy T. Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, Palmetto Health Foundation
  • Sandra C. Duhe, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor and chair, Southern Methodist University
  • Geraldine Ann Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and chief executive officer, Evans PR Group
  • Michele E. Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, Kent State University
  • William A. Gay, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Reliance Public Relations, Inc.
  • Laura R. Hammel, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor and program director, Ursuline College
  • Suzanne M. Holroyd, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, prevention outreach, office of sexual assault prevention and response, Department of Defense
  • Rose M. McKinney, APR, Fellow PRSA, founder and chief executive officer, Pineapple RM, Inc.
  • Christopher E. Payne, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director of communications, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Robert E. Sheldon, APR, Fellow PRSA, public relations director, Creative Communications Consultants, Inc.
  • Brenda S. Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, public affairs director, State Farm Insurance
  • Olga Mayoral Wilson, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior lecturer, Texas State University
  • Kelly L. Womer, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA, vice president and partner, Linhart Public Relations
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.