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Chartered on November 10, 1979, the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA is in its 35th year of service to public relations professionals in West Virginia, continuing with the energy and enthusiasm that have built and sustained this chapter. With over 100 members, the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA helps members become more valuable to their organizations and clients - and more successful professionally by:

  • Providing peer-based support
  • Encouraging professional growth through participation in the chapter's meetings and sponsored programs
  • Promoting the highest standards of professional work ethic

Jeri Matheney, APR named Fellow PRSA

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has announced the election of 23 new members, including Jeri Matheney, APR, Fellow PRSA, into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
      Election to the College, which was created in 1989 as part of an initiative focused on the future of public relations, is considered the pinnacle of a professional’s career. College members are seen throughout PRSA and the profession serving in Chapter, District, Section and national leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, teaching and engaging in professional practice. To qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, Jeri had to 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. Fewer than two percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
      A selection committee, consisting of current College of Fellows members, solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the PRSA 2016 National Board of Directors. Jeri and the other new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College at a dinner to be held Oct. 22, immediately prior to the PRSA 2016 International Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
      “The 23 inductees to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows set the standard for strategic communications that deliver business results. But they go beyond just that and serve as sage counsel, mentors and examples for the rest of us,” said PRSA 2016 National Chair Mark McClennan, APR. “I congratulate them on the well-deserved honor, and ask them to continue to challenge all of us to always strive for excellence in all we do.”
      Jeri joins Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR and Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR in the College of Fellows.



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