The Central Ohio Chapter of the PRSA is a leader in furthering the development of Columbus' public relations professionals.Founded in 1950 as the first society chapter in Ohio, we serve more than 360 members in our region in the agency, corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Founded as the “Columbus PRSA Chapter,” we changed our name in 1960 to the “Central Ohio Chapter” to better reflect our regional focus. From the beginning, our chapter has been a leader and innovator in the public relations industry:
- In 1958 we elected as our chapter president Ivy V. Farley, the first woman in the country to hold such a spot.
- In 1961 we were the first chapter to present Outstanding Citizen, Distinguished Practitioner and Rookie-of-the-Year awards.
- In 1965 we had the most members (six) accredited in Ohio when PRSA announced its first list of accredited members.
- In 1968 we became the host for Ohio’s first PRSSA Chapter (at The Ohio State University). We now support seven PRSSA chapters.
- The Central Ohio Chapter won the 1976 PRSA National Chapter Banner Award.
We held our first professional development conference in 1951, and professional development remains a cornerstone of our chapter. We host regular luncheons, Masters events, webinars and other professional development events to help our members sharpen their skills while building valuable relationships with others in our industry.Calendar
Mission, Vision & Bylaws
Our mission and vision statements encourage our leadership team and committee chairs to advance the public relations profession, while the Bylaws govern the activities of the organization.
Mission of Central Ohio PRSA Chapter
To make public relations an indispensable component of senior management by providing resources that will prepare public relationsprofessionals to address critical issues and communication needs, establish and promote the highest standards of professional competence and ethics, foster and encourage lifelong quality public relations education, and build understanding and support forpublic relations among its constituencies.
As a national leader, the Central Ohio PRSA Chapter will elevate the relevance and importance of public relations to opinion leaders,the media, employers and the public by effectively applying the social behavioral and communications sciences. The Chapter will support members in their efforts to offer strategically relevant and effective counsel to employers and clients.
We will support our members in their achievement of the highest professional standards by offering superior programs, services and professional development opportunities. Through our individual and collective actions, we will adhere to a stringent standard of ethical behavior.
We will encourage effective public relations education at universities and colleges throughout the Chapter service area, with special emphasis and support to those institutions of higher education where PRSA chapters exist. The Chapter will represent the diversity of Central Ohio in its membership.
Glimcher Realty Trust
The Ohio Hospital Association
Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio
Dace de la Foret
Beth Watkins Communications
Central Ohio PRSA
Jaron Terry, APR
Jaron Terry Communications
Board of Directors
Lisa Arledge Powell
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Ohio Expo Center & State Fair
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Members receive access to free webinars and job listings