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PRSA Nominating Process for 2017 PRSA Board of Directors

Opportunities are open to all interested, qualified and eligible candidates. If you are interested in a position or know someone who would make a good addition to PRSA leadership then click to learn more about the qualifications and application procedures.

Strong Boards Need Exceptional Leaders

PRSA’s Nominating Committee encourages dedicated members to apply for available PRSA Board leadership positions.  Serving on PRSA’s board of directors is a prominent leadership opportunity, not only within PRSA, but within the entire public relations profession.

The PRSA Bylaws charge the PRSA Nominating Committee with presenting nominees for the office of chair-elect, treasurer, secretary and board of directors to the delegates attending the November Leadership Assembly, who then cast their vote to elect future leaders.

Did you miss the informational calls but still want to learn about serving on the PRSA National Board of Directors?

Listen in as Joe Cohen, APR, 2016 PRSA Nominating Committee Chair, leads a conversation on current PRSA initiatives, the benefits of board service, the application process and necessary qualifications. Joining Joe are Mark McClennan, APR, 2016 PRSA Chair; Joe Truncale, Ph.D., CAE, PRSA CEO; Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, 2016 PRSA Chair-Elect and Kathy Barbour, APR, 2016 PRSA Immediate Past Chair.

Information Session for Officer Applicants (Recorded March 22, 2016)

Information Session for Director Applicants (Recorded March 22, 2016)

PRSA Board of Directors Responsibilities

Be the public face of PRSA

  • Share the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Lead Chapter/District visits and outreach calls.
  • Serve as a media contact in coordination with PRSA staff and media policy.
  • Encourage PR professionals to join the organization.

Be a provider of resources and knowledge

  • Actively participate in meetings and calls.
  • Serve as board liaison to one of PRSA’s committees.
  • Provide insight on what is happening in the profession.
  • Help the organization grow through constructive contribution and collaboration.

Provide for succession

  • Encourage talented, capable members to run for office and serve in leadership roles.

Provide fiscal and strategic oversight

  • Provide strategic and high-level operational oversight.
  • Serve the organization as a whole.
  • Review financial results.
  • Approve plans and budgets.

Evaluate performance

  • Conduct review of president and COO.
  • Oversee work of PRSA committees.
  • Conduct Board of Directors’ self-evaluation.

For questions about the process, please contact Donna Jonas at PRSA Headquarters at (212) 460-1403 or

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