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College of Fellows

The PRSA College of Fellows, founded in 1989, is the gold standard of the world’s largest association of PR professionals. The significance and distinction of the ‘Fellow PRSA’ designation after one’s name are akin to the Academy Award of public relations. The words ‘career pinnacle’ are often used to explain the gravitas of the College of Fellows. A rigorous peer review process has singled out these professionals to be among the ‘best of the best.’

The College of Fellows is an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. Election to the College, which was created in 1989 as part of a PRSA 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, Section and national leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, teaching, and engaging in professional practice.

College of Fellows Welcome Letter

A Welcome Letter from Deborah Radman, APR, Fellow PRSA

4-Minute Fellow Presentation

Check out The 4-Minute Fellow presentation a concise presentation prepared to allow members of the College of Fellows to briefly explain the College and its purpose, and to remind PRSA members to learn more, consider applying and/or plan to apply as a continuation of PRSA involvement.

Application Process

If you have at least 240 months’ experience in public relations, are accredited and believe you are leaving a footprint in the public relations profession, please consider joining the PRSA College of Fellows. Applications are due on the first Thursday in May each year. The process takes some time. PRSA encourages you to begin the process much earlier. Consider having a GoodFellow coach you through the process.
To become a Fellow, current, accredited PRSA members must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 240 months’ public relations experience.
  • Demonstrated superior professional capability in the practice/teaching of public relations.
  • Advanced the profession.
  • Contributed to the profession or the community through service and leadership.
  • Served as a role model in the profession and the community.

New members of the PRSA College of Fellow are chosen each summer following a rigorous application process. They are subject to all requirements of PRSA and the Code of Ethics, as well as the higher standards set forth in the College of Fellows Standards of Excellence.

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Willingness to Serve

The College of Fellow Nominating Committee is seeking applicants for its Executive Committee in 2018. Applications are due by Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT.

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