MINNEAPOLIS (July 25, 2019) – Tom Jollie, APR and Padilla senior vice president, is one of 11 new members elected into the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of 350 active senior professionals and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
“Election to PRSA’s College of Fellows, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, recognizes the many outstanding accomplishments of these accredited members in the areas of leadership, service and contributions to the public relations profession,” said Debra Peterson, APR, 2019 PRSA chair. “Members of the College exemplify the very best of PRSA and provide ongoing support to the association, donating their time and expertise as volunteers and mentors to students and professionals. We congratulate these 11 new fellows, who have attained the highest designation PRSA bestows, and we look forward to their continuing contributions to our profession.”
Members of the College of Fellows serve in Chapter, District, Section and National leadership positions. To qualify for admittance, the public relations professional 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.
“While it is a true honor and confirmation of my career accomplishments, this PRSA College of Fellows designation speaks to my desire to continue to give back to a profession that has given me so much,” Jollie said.
Tom has been a PRSA advocate since he was a student at the University of Minnesota and has become a frequent speaker at awards, retreats, workshops and conferences. He also has served as Minnesota Chapter president, Midwest District director and served on many committees.
At Padilla, Tom leads the agency’s award-winning Minnesota Practice – industry recognition has included numerous PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvils, Minnesota Classics awards, Pinnacle awards (from the International Festivals and Events Association) and an Emmy for a Bush Foundation teacher recruitment program.
Jollie was also recognized by the local Minnesota PRSA chapter in May, receiving the Donald G. Padilla Community Excellence Award for his leadership and contributions to the profession of public relations, contributions to the mission of PRSA and volunteering his time and talents toward making the community better.
The 2019 inductees will be welcomed officially at a special ceremony and dinner on Saturday, Oct. 19 in San Diego, prior to PRSA’s 2019 International Conference.
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