Debra A. Miller, Ed.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, was honored last November with the 2006 Gold Anvil Award during the PRSA 2006 International Conference in Salt Lake City.
The Gold Anvil, first awarded in 1948, is the Society’s highest individual honor and is presented to a PR professional whose accomplishments have advanced the profession and its positive visibility.
In being selected for the Gold Anvil, Miller, senior director of marketing and communications at Clark Atlanta University, is making history once again. Miller is one of four women and the first woman of color to receive the Gold Anvil. In 1997, she became the first woman of color and the first African-American to lead PRSA.
Miller has spent the past 30 years as a practicing PR executive in a variety of organizations, promoting the value of public relations to those outside the profession, expanding the body of knowledge through her research and professional development, serving as a role model and mentor, and expanding the ranks of PRSA and the profession by recruiting young aspirants and multicultural practitioners.
The Strategist asked James Fetig, associate vice president of institute communications and public affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to interview Miller. Excerpts from their conversation follow.