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The Beginning

A memo sent by Peter Hamilton of Pittsburg State University, Kansas and George Foster of New York AT&T to the list of interested persons in the Public Relations Interest Group on June 4, 1984 summarized the first PRIG meeting at the San Francisco conference of ICA on May 27, 1984. Hamilton who headed the ICA Task Force on Public Relations Instruction basically alerted the national organization to a group of professionals interested in continuing the development of a Public Relations Interest Group within ICA and proceeded to contact this group to set up the first public relations program for the Hawaii meeting in 1985.
 
Those present at the meeting and listed in the letter sent by Hamilton and Foster were:
Forest Conklin, David Dozier, James Fee, Kathleen Garthright-Petelle, Howard Greenbaum, Roger Hadley, Vincent Hazleton, Susan Hellweg, Donald MacDonald, John Madsen, Bonita Dostal Neff, Sanford Peterson, Bob Ross, Steve Smith, Jim Van Leuven, Geoffrey Weinman.
 
Below is a chronological listing of the elected public relations officers from the initial PRIG to the current status as a division. 

 

Chair

Vice-Chair

Secretary

Year

Conference Site

Chiara Valentini

Katerina Tsetsura

Alina Dolea

2017

San Diego

Chiara Valentini Katerina Tsetsura Lee Edwards 2016 Fukuoka

Jennifer Bartlett

Chiara Valentini

Lee Edwards

2015

Puerto Rico

Jennifer Bartlett

Chiara Valentini

Friederike Schultz

2014

Seattle

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Jennifer Bartlett

Friederike Schultz

2013

London

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Jennifer Bartlett

Chiara Valentini

2012

Phoenix

Craig Carroll

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Chiara Valentini

2011

Boston

Craig Carroll

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Jennifer Bartlett

2010

Singapore

Craig Carroll

Oyvind Ihlen

Jennifer Bartlett

2009

Chicago

Betteke van Ruler

Craig Carroll

Jennifer Bartlett

2008

Montreal

Hochang Shin

Betteke van Ruler

Juan-Carlos Molleda

2007

San Francisco

Hochang Shin

Betteke van Ruler

Juan-Carlos Molleda

2006

Dresden

Sherry Ferguson

Hochang Shin

Cindy T. Christen

2005

New York

Sherry Ferguson

Hochang Shin

Cindy T. Christen

2004

New Orleans

Bonita Dostal Neff

Sherry Ferguson

Betteke van Ruler

2003

San Diego

Bonita Dostal Neff

Sherry Ferguson

Betteke van Ruler

2002

Korea

Dean Kruckeberg

Bonita Dostal Neff

Maureen Taylor

2001

Washington D.C.

Dean Kruckeberg

Bonita Dostal Neff

Maureen Taylor

2000

Acapulco

Shirley Ramsey

Dean Kruckeberg

n/a

1999

San Francisco

Shirley Ramsey

Dean Kruckeberg

n/a

1998

Israel

Lynn Zoch

Shirley Ramsey

n/a

1997

Montreal

Vince Hazleton

Lynn Zoch

n/a

1996

Chicago

Pam Creedon

Vince Hazleton

Sriramesh Krishnamurthy

1995

Albuquerque

John Madsen

Pam Creedon

Sriramesh Krishnamurthy

1994

Australia

John Pavlik

John Madsen

Sriramesh Krishnamurthy

1993

Washington D.C.

Elizabeth Toth

John Pavlik

n/a

1992

Miami

Elizabeth Toth

Catherine Pratt

n/a

1991

Chicago

James Grunig

Elizabeth Toth

n/a

1990

Ireland

David Dozier

James Grunig

n/a

1989

San Francisco

Lauri Grunig

Vince Hazleton

n/a

1988

New Orleans

Pete Hamilton

Karen Rybacki

n/a

1987

Montreal

Pete Hamilton

Pete Hamilton

n/a

1986

Chicago

Pete Hamilton

Pete Hamilton

n/a

1985

Hawaii

 

 

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