HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Felicia Blow, Hampton University’s Associate Vice President for Development and “Dream No Small Dreams II” Campaign Director, has been named a Senior Counsel and National Board Liaison to Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) National Board of Directors.
Blow’s new volunteer role with PRSA, a one-year assignment focusing on membership and chapter support, does not affect her normal duties with Hampton University, but is expected to augment her fundraising efforts.
“Being selected to serve in this role is a tremendous honor. I am so humbled, but excited,” Blow said. “But, most importantly – I believe Hampton University will benefit greatly due to my service in this role. I’m the only HBCU representative serving on this board, and with Hampton’s stellar reputation globally and PRSA’s expansive reach nationally, this board role will assist with building the brand of Hampton and getting our “Dream No Small Dreams II” message out. People give to institutions because of a compelling message – and Hampton’s message is truly captivating.”
Prior to joining Hampton University in 2017, Blow had an award-winning public relations career in manufacturing, waste management and telecommunications industries before beginning a career in local higher education. However, her current role with Hampton University, she said, was a major factor in her selection within PRSA.
“I truly believe that my service as Associate Vice President and Campaign Director was instrumental in being selected to this prestigious board role,” Blow said.
Her honors with PRSA include several Certificates for Meritorious Service (2006 - 2010), and through the Association of Cable Communicators, she and her team received a national Beacon Award in 2010 for the project "Hampton Roads Black List," modeled after HBO's "Black List" Volumes I and II.
A PRSA member since 1990, Blow was elected the first African-American female president of the Hampton Roads Virginia PRSA Chapter in 2000. She previously served on the national PRSA board from 2012 - 14 as its Mid-Atlantic Board Representative.
A 1988 graduate of Hampton University (BA Mass Media Arts), Blow holds an MBA from Strayer University and currently is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration.
At Hampton University, she is managing the university’s comprehensive capital campaign to raise $150 million, a number that coincides with the university’s 150th anniversary. Through this transformational campaign, Blow said that the Hampton University Development team aims to implement strategies to help it thrive financially over the next 10, 15 and 20 years – it’s a long-term movement, not just an opportunity to donate to “Our Home by the Sea.”
“People don’t give to projects, they give to movements,” said Blow. “They want to invest in something that will make a life-long difference in people.”