SPRF | Hall of Fame

The Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to recognize the distinguished accomplishments, commitment and leadership of professional public relations practitioners and educators from the southeastern United States, for the benefit of promoting the PR profession. Inductees are current and former southern public relations practitioners or educators who have brought honor to the PR field.

For more information, please contact Hall of Fame Chair Caron Blanton, APR, Hall of Fame Chair and SPRF Past President, cblanton@mississippi.edu

Click here for more information about members of the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hall is intended to identify leaders in our industry who should be recognized and honored for their extraordinary achievements, accomplishments and contributions to their organizations, communities and the public relations profession.

The Hall is co-sponsored by SPRF and the Mississippi State University Department of Communications and is permanently installed outside the John Grisham Room inside in the Mitchell Memorial Library on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Hall of Fame candidates must be SPRF members to be considered for selection, but a membership application may be submitted along with the Hall of Fame nomination form, and the waiting period will be waived.

Criteria for selection includes 25 years or more of professional experience by candidates who:

  • have brought honor to the profession of public relations (Inductees may also be recognized for some strong contribution to their company, organization, city, state or region.);
  • may be deceased;
  • may have shown leadership at the local, state and regional levels of SPRF and member organizations and chapters; and/or
  • may have demonstrated professional practice and behavior that are characteristic and consistent with the SPRF Code of Ethics.

The members of the inaugural class inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame were recognized at the 2010 SPRF conference. From left, Adam Kelley, APR, Rex Kelly, Bill Michelet, APR, the family of the late Philip Forrest Jr., and Jarrod Ravencraft.