Hall of Fame Honorees

The Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame was established in 2010 and recognizes a new class of honorees each year.

Class of 2017:
Harold Burson, APR, Fellow PRSA
Checky Herrington, APR, Fellow PRSA
Bettie Warren Hudgens

Class of 2016:
Daniel Gardner
Eva Golson
John S. Hightower, APR
Steve Renfroe
Joseph V. Trahan III, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

Class of 2015: 
Charles Barnette, APR 
Allegra Brigham, APR 
Suzanne Fornaro, APR 
Betsy Ann Plank, APR, Fellow PRSA

Class of 2014: 
John E. Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA 
Joseph W. Purka 
Philip Shirley, APR
Shelia White

Class of 2013:
Neal W. Cirlot
Betsie Gambel
Carol A. Mann, APR
Charles "Chuck" Saucier
John Wittig, Ph.D, APR

Class of 2012:
Ron Council
Ken Hair

Class of 2011: 
Sherry Harlow, APR
William E. “Bud” Kirkpatrick
Yvonne McGehee Sorge, APR

Class of 2010:
Philip R. Forrest Jr.
Rex Kelly
William “Bill” Michelet

Nominations for the Class of 2018 will be due May 25, 2018.

The members of the inaugural class of the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame were inducted during the annual SPRF Conference in Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 28, 2010. From left, Adam Kelley, APR, SPRF past president and Hall of Fame chair; Rex Kelly; Bill Michelet, APR; the family of the late Philip Forrest Jr., and Jarrod Ravencraft, SPRF president.