The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has nominated nine PRSA members for officer and Board of Directors positions that will open January 2014.

Candidates for the officer positions are:

  • Chair-Elect:
    Kathy Barbour, APR,
    corporate director, public relations and marketing, Baptist Health South Florida, Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Treasurer:
    Mark W. McClennan, APR,
    senior vice president, Schwartz MSL, Waltham, Mass.
  • Secretary:
    Blake D. Lewis, III, APR, Fellow PRSA,
    principal and senior consultant, Lewis Public Relations, Dallas

Nominees for the Board of Directors positions are:

  • Midwest District Representative:
    Brian N. Lee, APR,
    president, Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media, Madison, Wis.
  • North Pacific District Representative:
    Ronele M. Dotson, APR, president, RKPR Inc., Reno, Nev.
  • Sunshine District Representative:
    Bonnie P. Upright, APR,
    development director/principal, The Boselli Foundation/Upright Public Relations, LLC, Orange Park, Fla.
  • Director-At-Large:
    Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR,
    assistant professor/partner, Seton Hall University/The McGraw Group, Union, N.J.
  • Director-At-Large:
    Tracy A. Schario, APR,
    communications officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts, White Stone, Va.
  • Director-At-Large:
    Deborah A. Silverman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, communication, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, N.Y.

“These candidates demonstrate the diversity and richness of expertise in our Society and our profession,” said Rosanna M. Fiske, PRSA 2011 chair and CEO, and leader of the PRSA Nominating Committee. “On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am thrilled to present candidates who we know will continue to advance PRSA’s mission and strategic initiatives in the years to come.”

Each candidate must be confirmed by a majority vote of the PRSA Leadership Assembly at its annual meeting on Oct. 26, which coincides with the opening of the PRSA International Conference in Philadelphia.

Candidates for PRSA officer and Board of Directors positions also may be made by petition. Article VII, Section 5 of the PRSA Bylaws states that (a) nominations may also be made by petition by at least 10 Leadership Assembly delegates and filed with the secretary of the Society at the PRSA headquarters at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Leadership Assembly, and (b) immediately upon receipt of any such nominations, the secretary shall send a notice of such nominations to all members. For more information on petitioning for a ballot position, send a request to the Nominating Committee. Like nominees, petitioning candidates must be confirmed by a majority vote of the PRSA Leadership Assembly.

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