College of Fellows

The PRSA College of Fellows, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, is the gold standard of the world’s largest association of PR professionals.  It is an active, honorary organization comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. A rigorous peer review process has singled out these professionals to be among the ‘best of the best.’ Election to the College is considered the pinnacle of one’s professional’s career.

30th Anniversary Induction Ceremony and Dinner

October 19, 2019, San Diego

The College is honored to welcome its newest members, who will receive their College of Fellows medallions at the annual ceremony and dinner October 19 in San Diego.  Register now (link) and help celebrate their achievements as well as the 30th anniversary of the College.


The Class of 2019:

Stephen Michael Brown, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Cookerly PR; Atlanta, Georgia

Gail Dundas, APR, Fellow PRSA, Principal, CommSeas Strategic Communications; Warrenton, Oregon

Jennifer Young Dzwonar, APR, Fellow PRSA, Partner, Borshoff; Indianapolis, Indiana

Jessica M. Graham, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Fionix Consulting LLC; Charlotte, North Carolina

Rebecca Huckaby, APR, Fellow PRSA, Vice President of Public Relations, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority; Knoxville, Tennessee

Kenneth Hagihara, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Integrity Public Relations, Inc.; Mission Viejo, California

Thomas J. Jollie, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Vice President, Padilla; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Paul G. Omodt, APR, Fellow PRSA, Owner & Principal, Omodt & Associates Critical Communications LLC; St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Echelle Jobe Rutschman, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Director of Communications, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memphis, Tennessee

William Swanger, APR, Fellow PRSA, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication & Public Relations, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries; Middletown, Pennsylvania

Janet E. Swiecichowski, APR, Fellow PRSA, Vice President, CEL Marketing|PR|Design; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Register for the Induction Ceremony and Dinner

SAGE Award

Do you know of someone in the PRSA College of Fellows who has mentored and guided individuals or groups to aspire higher and advance their careers? Did this Fellow provide guidance and wisdom that had a measurable outcome or significant, life-changing impact on mentees? Does this Fellow consistently rise above and beyond in the development of future industry leaders, new pros and PRSSA members? Please consider recognizing their commitment to serve with a Sage Award nomination. Deadline is Aug. 15, 2019.

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