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College of Fellows

The College of Fellows is the gold standard of public relations professionals. College of Fellows is an active, honorary organization comprised of more than 350 leading 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 career.

College of Fellows Induction Ceremony
Recorded Sunday Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. EDT

 

Additional Information

Previous Inductees by Class

*Indicates that this Fellow is deceased

Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2013
Class of 2012
Class of 2011
Class of 2010
Class of 2009
Class of 2008
Class of 2007
Class of 2006
Class of 2005
Class of 2004
Class of 2003
Class of 2002
Class of 2001
Class of 2000
Class of 1999
Class of 1998
Class of 1997
Class of 1996
Class of 1995
Class of 1994
Class of 1993
Class of 1992
Class of 1991
Class of 1990
Class of 1989

Judith (Judy) Smith Asbury

Kathy Barbour

Pam Gutel Campbell

Kelly Jackson Davis

Ronele M. Dotson

Kim Marks Malone

Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D.

Jo Ann S. LeSage Nelson

Susan S. Pollard

Mike Porter, Ed.D

Christopher E. Vadnais

Mary Louise VanNatta

Clare L. Wade

Kevin M. Waetke

Brooke Worden

 

Stephen Michael Brown

Gail Dundas

Jennifer Young Dzwonar

Jessica M. Graham

Rebecca Huckaby

Kenneth Hagihara

Thomas J. Jollie

Paul G. Omodt

Echelle Jobe Rutschman

William Swanger

Janet E. Swiecichowski

 

Denise Blackburn-Gay

Katie Coates

Myra S. Cocca

Daniel R. Dunne

Jennifer Lane Grizzle

Suzanne Hartman

Mark W. McClennan

Timothy S. Penning, Ph.D.

Philip Poole

Stacy A. Smith

Brian S. Terrett

 

Loring Barnes

Joseph A. Brennan

Dotti Gallagher

Kevin Gaydosh

Janelle Guthrie

David Hakensen

Barbara Paynter

Sonja Popp-Stahly

Nancy J. Sterling

Kaye D. Sweetser

Mary Beth West

James W. (J.W.) Arnold

W. Gregory Bailey

Kay Barkin

Kristie Byrum

Mary J. Clark

Melissa K. Clark

Dr. Deborah A. Davis

Catherine S. Dunkin

Michelle J. Egan

Aaron Ellis

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Robert T. Hastings

Mary T. Henige

Sherry Kast

Jangyul Robert Kim

Mitchell E. Marovitz

Jeri Matheney

Margaret C. Ritsch

Robert F. Schultz

Kristine M. Simoes

Jaron M. Terry

Ana Toro, APR

Larry M. Weiner

 

Lauren F. Brookey

E. Ronald Culp

Rosanna M. Fiske

Checky Herrington

Barbara Kerr

Lori L. Marble

Michael L. McDougall

W. Patrick McSweeney

Paula L. Pedene

Michael A. Pflughoeft

David L. Remund, Ph.D.

Sara Spaulding

Charles R. Suits

Susan Balcom Walton

Judy DeRango Wicks

Gregory J. Zimprich

Anita Brightman

Douglas Cannon

Fred Cook

Amy Coward

Sandra Duhé

Geri Evans

Michele Ewing

William Gay

Laura Hammel

Suzanne Holroyd

Rose McKinney

Christopher Payne

Robert Sheldon

Brenda Smith

Olga Mayoral-Wilson

Kelly Womer

 

Kristie Aylett

Vicki Bagwell

Brook DeWalt

Kathleen Donohue Rennie

Mark Dvorak

Mary Eaddy

Janet Hart

Susan Hart

Betsy Hays

William Jasso

Chris Lynch

Chad Perry

Douglas Spong

Gigi Westerman

 

Jill R. Alexander

Barbara A. Burfeind

Dianne Danowski Smith

Karen Mess Frashier

Barbara S. Hyman

John Charles Mitchell

Gail E. Rymer

Deborah A. Silverman

Linda L. Staley

Michele A. Swaner

Philip Tate

Tom M. Unger

Julie Ann Vincent

Frederic L. Whiting

Steven C. Zenofsky

 

Dana Birkes

Chris Bozman

Michael Cherenson

Joe Gollehon

Beth Hallisy

Janet Kacskos

Irene Maslowski

Melinda Morgan Kartsonis

Ellyn Pollack

 

Sydney Ayers

Jack Berkman

Jacqueline Clark

Jane Dvorak

Julie Fix

John Forde, Ph.D.

Dennis Gaschen

Amiso George, Ph.D.

Jodi Horton

Jeffrey Julin

Fran Onofrio

Judy Parker

Susan Whyte Simon

Elizabeth Toth, Ph.D.

 

Richard Batyko

John Deveney, ABC

Anne Dubois, CPRC

Lynne Timpani Friedmann

Allen Kirk Hazlett

Margaret Ann Hennen

Stephen Johnstone

Paul Kincaid

Nance Larsen

Diane Gage Lofgren

Sandra Longcrier

 

Ann R. Carden

Nora Carr

Ray A. Crockett*

Anthony D’Angelo

Jeanette Drake, Ph.D.

Tom Gable

Alan L. Gaudynski

Mary Graybill

Steve Iseman, Ph.D.

Erik C.A. Johnson

Ellen A. Liston

Mickey G. Nall

Lea-Anne O’Hare Germinder

Elizabeth A. Pecsi

Shelli A. Ryan

Robert S. Saline

B. Kathleen Skipper

Helen M. Sullivan

Marisa Vallbona

 

Joan Gladstone

David R. Grossman, ABC

Scott Hanson

Bruce K. Hetrick

M. Larry Litwin

Janet Oppenheimer

Bonnie Parnell Riechert, Ph.D.

Barbara Jeanne Whitman

Margalit Toledano, Ph.D.

 

Henry J. Amann Jr.

Thomas L. Amberg

Lynn D. Appelbaum

Jimmy Martin Autry, CCC

Susan G. Barnes

Alan R. Freitag, Ph.D

Donald L. Ferguson

Del Galloway

Kathryn D. Hubbell

Donald P. Kirchoffner*

James A. McClure

Gary D. McCormick

Robin Schell

Diane Slaughter, CAE

Stacey Smith

Ira W. Yellen

 

Bruce T. Batten

Reed B. Byrum

Myra J. Borshoff Cook

Suzanne Sparks FitzGerald, Ph.D.

Judy Ganulin

Al Golin

Cary A. Greenwood

Vincent Hazleton, Ph.D.

Roland H. King

William M. Lawrence

Blake D. Lewis, III

John R. Lyday

Debbie A. Mason

John J. Mead, CAE*

Merrie Elyn Meyers-Kershaw

John J. Moscatelli

Ronald Owens

Robert C. Ross

Carol A. Scott

David L. Shank

Martha W. Steger

Frank Walsh

Barbara W. Wellnitz

Mara Woloshin

Glynn A. Young

Edward Albanesi

David Bressen

Jeffery Douglas

Mary Dulle

Dr. Carol Hackley

Hatti Hamlin

Thomas Hoog

Dr. Julie Henderson

Katherine Hutt

Dan Millar

Elise Mitchell

Liz Oliphant

Captain Robert Pritchard

Deborah Radman

Deborah Saline

Dr. Shirley Serini

Alison Sneider

Robert Stone*

Joette Storm

Frederick Bagg

Gail Baker, Ph.D.

Mary Deming Barber

Michael Furtney

Gene Hall

Sandra Knoesel

Devere Logan

Donald Miles

Elaine Nathanson

Mary Phelan

Robert Ristino, Ph.D.

Laurie Sherman

Donna Stein

Joseph Trahan, III, Ph.D.

J. Lindsey Wolf

Nancy Wood

D. Sean Brickell

Marleen C. Burford

John R. (Rick) Fischer, Ph.D.

Jim Haynes

Howard Penn Hudson*

Stanton H. Hudson, Jr.

Gary McKillips

Roberta Wong Murrary

Robert J. Oltmanns

Honey Rand, Ph.D.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney

Kenneth G. Trester

Steve Turnbo

Kenneth G. Ulrich

Tom Vitelli

Nancy M. Wiser

Carolyn Bobo

Marty Campanello*

Jeffrey R. Caponigro

Karen L. Cedzo

Dr. Barbara J. DeSanto

Ofield Dukes*

Salvatore J. Giammo

John E. Guiniven

Louise L. Hayman

Ralph T. Kam

Aileen Katcher

Leslie Lamkin

Luis W. Morales

Eric M. Morgenstern

Robert J. O’Gara

Joseph P. Rowson

Robert A. Schenkein

Robert Stack

J. Donald Turk

Linda P. Walton

Charles A. Wood

Karen Arthur

Karen F. Buchsbaum

Roger D. Buehrer

Gigi de Mier*

R. John DeSanto

Thomas E. Eppes

Vivian M. Hamilton

Charles W. Kenworthey*

Debra A. Miller

Robin B. Perrin*

Cheryl Procter-Rogers

Rhoda Weiss

Philip C. Wescott

Diane Witmer

Don Bates

Edward M. Block

Carol A. Bodensteiner

Robert D. Frause

T. Michael Jackson

Steven L. Lubetkin

John E. Milkereit

John Paluszek

Scott Shirai

Posie Lee Starkey*

Judy O. Williams

W. Randolph Baker

Dr. Michael E. Bishop

Gerald E. Buldak

Gerard F. Corbett

W. Thomas Duke

Ellen Weaver Hartman

Mitchell Head

Michael L. Herman*

Lowell F. Ludford

Kenneth Makovsky

Pender M. McCarter

Patrick F. McGee

Edward J. Menninger

Ronald T. Sconyers

Kenneth P. Service

Jana V. Stone

Dr. Donn J. Tilson

Sherry Treco-Jones

Barry Wanger

William Wendling*

John W. Wiater

Laurie J. Wilson

Cathryn Gibbs Harris

Kay Herring

James G. Lubetkin

Gary A. Myers

Deanna K.W. Pelfrey

Philip G. Ryan

Lynne M. Sallot, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Schick

Frank R. Stansberry

Joseph A. Vecchione, CLU*

Catherine B. Ahles

Sue A. Brush

William R. Cumerford, Ph.D.

David R. Dunnigan

Richard L. Harmon*

George L. Johnson

Kathleen S. Kelly, Ph.D.

Dennis B. McGrath

D. Gayle McNutt

George W. Miraben

Frederick W. Morgan

Bruce Lloyd Olsen

Richard F. Pender, Ph.D.

J.D. Rayburn, II

Mack D. Secord

Robert K. Sells

William E. Sledzik

James J. Wallace

Linda H. Walter

Kathleen Ladd Ward

Judith Williams

Richard E. Wilmot

David M. Eisenstadt

David M. Grant

Dr. Kirk E. Hallahan

Thomas A. Harrison

Frances M. Minakowski

Joseph T. Nolan*

Sunshine Janda Overkamp

Cynthia I. Pharr-Lee

Jack Pyle

Richard B. Ridgway

Hugh A. Smith

Nina Streitfeld

Samuel L. Waltz, Jr.

Anne R. Warner

Harland W. Warner*

Richard K. Arnold*

Thomas A. Bartikoski*

Donald W. Braman*

Donald C. Cannalte*

Louis Capozzi

James M. Caudill

Sandra D. Clary

John R. Cook

Mark Curtis

Diane G. Davis

Bob Dorf

James B. Ellis

Robert W. Hefty*

Rene A. Henry

Theodore Hutchcroft

Joann E. Killeen

David Kirk

Donald M. Levin

Craig T. Miyamoto

Erik V. Peterson

Judith Turner Phair

Daniel C. Pinger

Stephen D. Pisinski*

J. Thomas Poling*

Skip Ragland

Nat Read

Neil T. Regan*

Don G. Reichardt

Ewald A. Richter

Rosalee A. Roberts

William C. Rolle, Jr.

Thomas C. Sanger

Jerome H. Schmelzer

Karl J. Skutski

Jerry L. Sloan

Ronald D. Solberg

Larry R. Werner

Neil M. Alperstein, Ph.D.

Rendall P. Ayers

Lee W. Baker*

Howard M. Blankman

James H. Bradley

Joan L. Capelin

John J. Daly, Jr.

J.B. Dixson

Raymond B. Durazo

Donald P. Durocher*

Joe S. Epley

Mountfort A. Euston

William Robert Faith, Ph.D.

Paul Fullmer

Felton H. Gordon*

Carole M. Gorney

R. Danner Graves

Jack J. Heeger*

Sandra M. Hermanoff

Richard E. Hodges, Jr.

Patricia E. Howlett

Ned S. Hubbell*

Frances A. Hunter

Gwinavere A. Johnston*

L. James Lovejoy*

James E. Lukaszewski

Reynold W. Malmer

Elizabeth M. Martin

James T. Maunders

Broun H. Mayall

John P. McGill

Arthur P. Merrick

Nann S. Miller

Wesley M. Pattillo*

A. Bruce Pozzi

Diane B. Pucko

Claude Ramsey

Ronald E. Rhody

Jay Rockey*

A. Lee Rogers*

James J. Roop*

Rolf C. Rudestam

Carl H. Schrank

Steven V. Seekins

Art Stevens

Thomas K. Stewart*

David C. Swanston*

David J. Therkelsen

Park M. Trammell, Jr.

Patricia A. Trubow

Stanley L. Ulchaker*

John David Williams

Frederick A. Woodress

Charles H. Zeanah*

William C. Adams*

B. Richard Berg, Ph.D.

Ferne G. Bonomi, ASPR

Adri G. Boudewyn

A. Brown-Olmstead

Alvin R. Busse

John P. (Jack) Casey

R.G. Charlton, ABC

Yung-Kai Chung

Richard Jay Coyle

Aaron D. Cushman

H.J. (Jerry) Dalton, Jr.*

Clifford Dektar

William M. Dietrick

Paul A. Dowd

M. Robert Ferber

Robert H. Gardner*

Harriet C. Gonzalez

Edward Gottlieb

John L. Gregory

Charlene H. Hillman*

Carol L. Hills

P.H. Hollister, CPRC

E. Roxie Howlett

Ruth B. Kassewitz

Elaine Falk Katz, Ed.D.

William J. Koch

Patricia W. Leslie, Ph.D.

Kathleen Larey Lewton

Warren A. Logelin*

Frank X. Long*

Gerald Lundy

Bruce G. MacDonald

Gordon D. MacKay, CLU

Gene G. McCoy*

James E. McKee, Jr.

Robert L. Mead

Eugene Miller

James M. Montgomery

Richard M. Newman

Wallace Nicoll

Wellington F. Osterloh*

Jeannette E. Paladino

Pat Penney

Mary Ann Pires

Patrick A. Pollino

Sammie Lynn Puett*

John M. Reed*

David R. Richards*

Maria P. Russell

John E. Sattler*

Stan Sauerhaft*

Charles A. Stengstock, Jr.

David H. Simon

E. Brent Snodgrass

William A. Spencer

Douglas P. Starr, Ph.D.

Robert G. Strayton

M. Lane Talburt

Richard J. Toth, ABC

Richard R. Tyler

F.E. Valverde, ABC*

Gabriel Werba*

C.R. Werle

Ed Wheeler

D. Christopher Whittle

Ernest Wittenberg

Roger Yarrington, Ph.D.*

Dale O. Zabriskie

James Walter Anderson

James E. Arnold

Howard K. Back

Daniel H. Baer

Theodore Baron

Bill L. Baxter

George L. Beiswinger

David M. Bicofsky

Sue Bohle

Celia C. Boswell

E.W. Brody, Ed.D.

Jerry L. Bryan, ABC, CBC

Bruce Butterfield, CAE

Frederick A. Chapman

Richard G. Claeys

J. Kenneth Clark*

William R. DeLay*

David R. Drobis

Alice M. Dykeman

David Ferguson*

Winston C. Fournier

John H. Francis, Ph.D.

Anthony J. Fulginiti

Thomas L. Harris

E. Bruce Harrison

Everett A. Hayes*

Anna Sceia Klein

Mitchell Kozikowski

Herbert M. Kraus

Stephen R. Lawrence

Frederick E. Leuschner

Diane Levin

Amelia Lobsenz*

Theodore Lustig, ABC

J. Maestre Morata

Terence A. McCarthy*

E. Zoe McCathrin*

P. Michael McDermott

David A. Meeker*

Hank Moore

Greta W. Murphy, Ph.D.

Norman R. Nager, Ph.D.

Isobel Parke*

Morris V. Rosenbloom

G. Robert Ruff

Leonard M. Schodowski

Jean Way Schoonover*

Alan Scott, Ph.D.

Joel A. Strasser

Gordon B. Strayer*

Graham Sudbury

Dolores M. Swift

Frederick C. Teahan, Ph.D.

Richard H. Truitt

Judy Van Slyke Turk, Ph.D.

H. Brian Wilson

William F. Zorzi*

Paul H. Alvarez

Joseph F. Awad*

Stephen H. Baer

Herbert B. Bain*

Ann H. Barkelew

Jeanne Viner Bell

Phyllis H. Berlowe*

Robert Kingdon Berry

Judith S. Bogart

George C. Brown

John M. Butler, Ph.D.

George F. Caulfield

William J. Corbett

F. David Cotten

Wilson Cronenwett

Scott M. Cutlip*

Stafford G. Davis

William E. Duke

Daniel J. Edelman*

Marcelle W. Farrington

John W. Felton*

Paul S. Forbes

John D. Graham

Barbara W. Hunter

D.A. Kruckeberg, Ph.D.

Frank T. Le Bart*

Otto Lerbinger

James A. Little

William M. Michelet

Douglas A. Newsom, Ph.D.

Lawrence W. Nolte*

Thomas L. Preston

Michael Radock*

Ed Reed

Jack M. Reed*

James J. Richard

Irving I. Rimer

William J. Roach

Joseph Roos

J. Kenneth Sanford

Parry D. Sorensen

Robert E. Steele

James B. Strenski

Dwayne Summar

Charles W. Tisdall*

James L. Tolley

Walter J. Walsh

Philip J. Webster

Richard Weiner*

Paul M. Werth*

C. Thomas Wilck

Dennis L. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Robert B. Wolcott, Jr.*

Nancy B. Wolfe

Donald K. Wright, Ph.D.

Davis Young

Leone Baxter*

Dr. Edward L. Bernays*

John F. Budd, Jr.*

Chester Burger*

Harold Burson*

Allen H. Center, Ph.D.*

W. Howard Chase*

Kalman B. Druck*

Dan J. Forrestal*

Lawrence G. Foster*

James F. Fox*

Ralph E. Frede*

Denny Griswold*

George Hammond*

Rex F. Harlow, Ph.D.*

Carl F. Hawver, Ph.D.*

Patrick Jackson*

Lee K. Jaffe*

Philip Lesly*

Ed Lipscomb*

Donald B. McCammond*

Hale Nelson*

Betsy Ann Plank*

J. Handly Wright*

Frank W. Wylie*

Kenneth Youel*

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Past and Present Leadership
Executive Committee
Committee Chairs
Past College of Fellows Chairs

Chair

Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA

Chair-Elect

Greg Bailey, APR, Fellow PRSA

Vice Chair

Lori Marble, APR, Fellow PRSA

Secretary-Treasurer

Olga Mayoral Wilson, APR, Fellow PRSA

Immediate Past Chair

Geri Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA

Development

Bob Frause, APR, Fellow PRSA

Education Initiatives

Kristie Aylett, APR, Fellow PRSA

Deborah Davis, APR, Fellow PRSA

GoodFellows

Rose McKinney, APR, Fellow PRSA

Janet Oppenheimer, APR, Fellow PRSA

Mentoring

Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA

Susan Balcom Walton, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

Mentoring Subcommittees

   New Professionals Chair

   Kathy Hubbell, APR, Fellow PRSA

Professional Development

Julie Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA

Maria Russell, APR, Fellow PRSA

Sage Award

Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA

Gail Rymer, APR, Fellow PRSA

Social Media

Jessica Graham, APR, Fellow PRSA

Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA

Strategic Communications

Jennifer Grizzle, APR, Fellow PRSA

Vision 2020

Mark McClennan, APR, Fellow PRSA

PRSA Board Liaison

Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA

PRSA Staff Liaison

Susan Belanich

 

2019 – Geri A. Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA

2018 – Deborah Radman, APR, Fellow PRSA

2017 – Julie B. Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA

2016 – Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA

2015 – Steven Seekins, APR, Fellow PRSA

2014 – Anthony D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA

2013 – Maria P. Russell, APR, Fellow PRSA

2012 – Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA

2011 – Frederick Bagg, APR, Fellow PRSA

2010 – Judith T. Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA

2009 – Michael L. Herman, S.A.G.E, APR, Fellow PRSA*

2008 – Bob Frause, APR, Fellow PRSA

2007 – Debra A. Miller, Ed.D, APR, Fellow PRSA

2006 – Scott Shirai, APR, Fellow PRSA

2005 – Vivian Hamilton, APR, Fellow PRSA

2004 – Joe S. Epley, APR, Fellow PRSA

2002 – Pender M. McCarter, APR, Fellow PRSA

2001 – Rene A. Henry, APR, Fellow PRSA

2000 – David A. Meeker, APR, Fellow PRSA*

1999 – Joan L. Capelin, APR, Fellow PRSA

1998 – David H. Simon, APR, Fellow PRSA

1997 – Judy VanSlyke Turk, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

1996 – Richard G. Claeys, APR, Fellow PRSA

1995 – Sue Bohle, APR, Fellow PRSA

1994 – James Strenski, APR, Fellow PRSA*

1993 – Ann Barkelew, APR, Fellow PRSA

1992 – Douglas Ann Newsom, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

1991 – Joseph F. Awad, APR, Fellow PRSA*

1990 – Chester Burger, APR, Fellow PRSA*

*Indicates the chair is deceased

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A Note from 2020 Chair

Vision 2020: Embracing the Next 30 Years

What makes a Fellow, a Fellow?

Jim Lukaszewski, APR, Fellow PRSA, posed that powerful question and his answer has resonated across the College of Fellows.

Becoming a Fellow, he wrote, is about the footprint left on our profession.

Induction as a Fellow reflects a commitment to excellence on the path from PRSSA to PRSA: lasting footprints on the journey to the APR and the College of Fellows. It honors those who, throughout their careers, have demonstrated superior professional performance, leadership and service. We honor the best of the best.

In 2019, the College of Fellows celebrated of 30 years of excellence.

In 2020, we are embracing the future for the next 30 years – and beyond. We call it our “Vision 2020.”

Within the next few years, a new generation of professionals will become eligible for induction into the College of Fellows. Their lives and careers have been very different from those of the Fellows who came before. (Just think about the changes in our profession since our first class in 1989.)

The next generation of Fellows will soon learn what we already know. That treasured gold medallion not only honors a lifetime of professional excellence and service – it is the hallmark for our future achievements. 

Here’s to the next 30 years!

Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA
2020 Chair, College of Fellows

 

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.

Learn more about the Sage Award

Becoming an Officer of the College of Fellows

To lead the best, we need the best. Since the College of Fellows was founded in 1989, PRSA has welcomed tens of thousands of members. Fewer than 700 have been inducted into the College of Fellows: the “gold standard” for leadership and service in the public relations profession.

Officers of the College are elected by the membership to serve one-year terms beginning January 1, with the exception of the Chair-Elect, who moves on to serve as Chair and then as Immediate Past Chair. Open positions include chair-elect, vice chair, and secretary-treasurer. Information about applications for 2022 leadership positions will be available in spring 2021.

Applications must be submitted online by July 1, 2021. Nominations by petition must be submitted by July 31, 2021.

Are you ready to lead our community of extraordinary leaders? 

How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the College of Fellows, PRSA members must meet a stringent list of qualifications and complete the application process by the applicable deadlines. Applications are reviewed by the Fellows Selection Committee, which recommends new Fellows to the PRSA National Board of Directors for approval.

Our 2020 webinar - College of Fellows: Preparing to Apply – was held on January 14, 2020. GoodFellows Co-Chairs Rose McKinney, APR, Fellow PRSA and Janet Oppenheimer, APR, Fellow PRSA, reviewed admission requirements, discussed the application process, shared helpful tips and suggestions, and answered questions. Participants also learned about GoodFellows, a free, confidential coaching program for applicants provided by specially trained volunteer members of the College of Fellows. A recording of the webinar is now available for those interested in applying to the College of Fellows. 

Membership Criteria

  • Current PRSA membership
  • Minimum of 240 months public relations and communication experience
  • Current accreditation in Public Relations (APR)
  • Demonstrated superior professional performance 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

In addition, you must provide six letters of support with your application.

2021 Application Materials

    College of Fellows Application Processing Fee

    College of Fellows Application Processing Fee — $100. This fee is non-refundable.

    Application Schedule

    • All applications and letters are due by 5 p.m. (EDT), May 6, 2021.
    • Selection Committee meets to discuss applications in late June.
    • Recommendations are submitted during the July meeting of the PRSA board.
    • Applicants are then notified of their status by the first week of August.
    • New inductees are inducted into the College during the PRSA International Conference.

    GoodFellows are members of the College who help candidates with the application process. Request a GoodFellow if you are considering starting the application process.

    College of Fellows 2020 How to Apply Video

    College of Fellows 2019 Induction Ceremony

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