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February 08, 2012

PRSA Presents Swarthmore President Rebecca Chopp With Advocate for Higher Education Award

NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2012) — The Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will present its 2012 Advocate for Higher Education Award to Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp at its Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit on April 25 in Washington.
Chopp also has been bestowed the honor of delivering the summit’s prestigious Pat Jackson Lecture.
“Throughout her distinguished career, President Chopp has respected institutional culture, listened to her constituents, communicated prolifically and made those who worked for or with her feel responsible for success,” said Charlie Melichar, chair of CHE and associate vice-chancellor at Vanderbilt University.  “She is deserving of this honor for her understanding of public relations as being integral to leadership, her support for senior communicators and her record of extraordinary accomplishment.”
CHE is the premier professional community of senior public relations counselors who serve colleges and universities. CHE established the annual Advocate for Higher Education Award in 2009 to recognize leaders who have effectively used strategic communication and public relations to advance the mission of higher education. The Pat Jackson Lecture was established by CHE in 2007 to honor the memory of Jackson, a pioneer and leader in the field of public relations.
The PRSA 2012 CHE Senior Summit, “Strategic Investment: Demonstrating the Impact,” will give public relations professionals in the academic community an opportunity to connect with colleagues and industry thought leaders, share effective communications strategies, and gain practical insights for addressing the modern communication challenges facing colleges and universities today.

About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
With more than 31,000 members, PRSA is the largest organization of public relations professionals and students. PRSA is comprised of 111 local Chapters organized into 10 geographic Districts; 16 Professional Interest Sections that focus on issues, trends and research relevant to specialized practice areas, such as technology, health care, financial communications, entertainment and sports, and travel tourism; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which has more than 300 Chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. PRSA is headquartered in New York.
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