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PRSSA 2017–2018 National Committee and Bylaw Amendment Announced

April 3, 2017

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) — The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) announced the election of its 2017–2018 National Committee during its annual National Assembly in Seattle March 30 – April 2.

More than 200 students and advisers from across the country and the world converged in Seattle for the four-day meeting. During the Assembly, attendees participated in career- and leadership-training events, and learned about the Society, their member benefits, professional ethics and Chapter development, and networked with their peers and public relations professionals.

The 2017–2018 National Committee, which begins its one-year term on June 1, 2017, will be led by National President Andrew Cook, of Brigham Young University. Cook previously served as vice president of advocacy.

New National Committee members also include:

*This is a regular transition from the presidency.

The position of Publications Editor in Chief will be filled in at a later date to be determined. Applications must be received at PRSSA Headquarters by April 24. Contact Cook (adcook22@gmail.com) for details.

In addition to National Committee appointments, the current PRSSA National Committee approved a Bylaw amendment to update the official titles of three National Committee positions that will take place June 1. The vice president of advocacy will become the vice president of external affairs, the vice president of public relations will become the vice president of digital communication and the vice president of Regional Conferences will become the vice president of events and fundraising.

Cook Focused on Advancing the Society

“I’m excited to have been elected by the delegation to serve as the 2017–2018 National President, and I look forward to pushing forward my globalization initiative,” said Cook. “It was a long day of hard work for the delegates with both the National Committee elections and the Bylaw change proposal. The name changes better reflect the updated responsibilities of each position to improve the overall understanding of responsibilities.

Cook, who will soon graduate from Brigham Young University, will go on to pursue a career with a public relations agency.

“This year’s National Assembly was a complete success,” said Finkbeiner. “The candidates for National Committee were excellent, the speakers provided valuable insight and the location was great for exploring. I’m honored to have served as National President this school year, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Andrew takes the Society next year.”

Team Challenge Brings Out the Best

In addition to the elections and professional development sessions, many attendees participated in the Day-of Competition on Thursday, a challenge requiring teams to create a public relations campaign in one hour. The winning team of the Day-of Competition included the following PRSSA members:

During the Farewell Meeting, representatives from the Conference Committee shared information about the PRSSA 2017 National Conference, which will be held Oct. 6–10, in Boston. Additional information is available on the National Conference website.

About the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communication. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 11,000 student members and advisers, and is active on more than 300 college and university campuses.

Media Contact:
Joshua Lachica
Vice President of Public Relations
PRSSA National Committee