What is significant in this year’s class is the name of Paula L. Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA, most recently senior communications specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office, before starting her own consultancy.
Paula has been a leader in our community and our local PRSA chapter for many years. She has been a pillar in doing what is right for veterans. As a 2007 inductee into the college, I was honored to have been able to write one of her endorsement letters.
Founded in 1989, the College of Fellows is a community of less than 350 senior PRSA members who have successfully advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their leadership in the public relations industry. In order qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, the public relations practitioner or educator must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. College of Fellows members also must exhibit personal and professional qualities that make them role models for other practitioners or educators. Less than two percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
By my count, there are now three fellows in Arizona. David Kirk, APR, Fellow PRSA, now an Arizona resident, was admitted in 1984.