Bettie Warren Hudgens

For more than 30 years, Bettie Warren Hudgens was instrumental in teaching public relations at colleges and universities throughout Mobile. In 1962, she started as a speech instructor at Spring Hill College, and went on to establish the college’s Communications, Fine and Performing Arts Division eight years later. Hudgens was fundamental in building relationships between students and professionals, allowing for many public relations student awards to be named in her honor. During her life, she was active in many nonprofit groups and served on the boards and as president of both Mobile’s PRCA Chapter and the Mobile Advertising Federation. Sadly, Hudgens passed away in a car crash in 1996, right before she was to sit for the Accreditation in Public Relations exam. Although not an APR, she was still recognized with many awards throughout her career, including PRCA’s Philip Forest Practitioner of the Year Award for the State of Alabama and the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal, the highest honors bestowed by the organizations. Hudgens’ legacy continues to live on in the students she taught, as well as those who enjoy the fruits of her efforts to be educated in communications within the departments she created.