Will you become the chapter’s next Fellow?

Submitted by: Dave Remund, Ph.D, APR, Fellow PRSA


PRSA established the College of Fellows nearly three decades ago, to identify and honor the ‘best of the best’ in the public relations field. Edward L. Bernays, acknowledged as the founder of the modern public relations profession, was among those named to the inaugural class. Since that time, the Central Iowa Chapter has had three members named to the College of Fellows — two of my most valued mentors, Ferne Bonomi, APR, Fellow PRSA, and Carol Bodensteiner, APR, Fellow PRSA, then just a few years ago, me. 

Could you be next?

To be considered, applicants must have a minimum of 20 years of experience working in public relations, achieved their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), maintained active membership in PRSA, and have demonstrated superior professional capability in the practice and/or teaching of public relations. Applicants must also have advanced the profession, contributed to the profession or community through considerable service and leadership, and served as a role model in the profession and community. 

Admittance to the College follows an application and adjudication process, with candidates ultimately being annually elected by the PRSA National Board of Directors. A small cohort of new Fellows is inducted each year during the PRSA International Conference. 

Interested in learning more? There’s a wealth of information on the PRSA website, within the College of Fellows tab. Also, the national PRSA organization will be hosting a free webinar on January 19; more details about that forum on the Fellows tab. If you’re thinking of applying this year, please know that the application deadline is May 3, and that the application process is rigorous and time-intensive. It’s not too late to start, but you must get started soon. PRSA will match you with a mentor, called a Good Fellow, should you be interested; I am also happy to provide advice and answer any questions. You can reach me at dave.remund@drake.edu.  


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