Felicia Blow, associate vice president for development at Hampton University in Virginia, has been elected as chair of the national public relations trade association, Public Relations Society of America. Serving the communications community, PRSA is the nation’s leading professional organization with nearly 30,000 members. PRSA is collectively represented in all 50 states by more than 110 Chapters and 14 Professional Interest Sections, and on nearly 375 college and university campuses through its student organization, the Public Relations Student Society of America.
“I am so pleased to begin my term as chair of PRSA. As just the third Black person to fill this seat over PRSA’s 75-year history, I am mindful of the pressing need for us to expand our efforts to embrace all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, as a Hamptonian, I am even more proud to serve. Hampton is an institution like none other and my education and work at university have fully prepared me to lead PRSA,” said Dr. Blow.
Dr. Blow joined the staff at Hampton University in 2017. She had previously worked in manufacturing (Caterpillar, Inc.); waste management and environmental services (Southeastern Public Service Authority); telecommunications (Cox Communications); and higher education (Paul D. Camp Community College and Tidewater Community College).
Dr. Blow is a graduate of Hampton University, where she majored in communication and journalism. She holds a master’s degree in marketing from Strayer Univerity and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.