Dr. Felicia Blow, APR, will lead PRSA for 2022
“Congratulations to Dr. Felicia Blow on being elected to this esteemed position with the Public Relations Society of America. Our world-class alumni and staff continue to make their mark in their respective professional fields and represent their ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
In her role as chair, Dr. Blow serves as the primary external spokesperson for the Society and works in tandem with the CEO to manage the affairs of PRSA. The chair also serves as a member of the PRSA Foundation Board of Trustees. She will work with the board and the CEO to ensure that the goals and objectives of the organization are met and that effective monitoring and evaluation measures are maintained.
Dr. Blow is a leader with extensive organizational, fundraising, strategic planning, leadership, and management experience. With a 30-year career spanning work in manufacturing (Caterpillar, Inc.); waste management and environmental services (Southeastern Public Service Authority); telecommunications (Cox Communications); and higher education (Paul D. Camp and Tidewater Community Colleges), Dr. Blow currently serves as Associate Vice President for Development at the world-renowned Hampton University, one of the nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“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.
Among her prior accomplishments and recognitions, Dr. Blow has been featured in a book Entitled “Diverse Voices” published in 2018 by the PRSA Foundation. She also has been featured in a book entitled “PR Women with Influence: Breaking through the Ethical and Leadership Challenges” published in 2020. She was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year by one of her alma maters, Strayer University, in 2012. In 2019 and 2020, she also led a nearly year-long strategic planning effort that concluded in the establishment of PRSA’s first three-year strategic plan for Diversity & Inclusion. Finally, Dr. Blow formerly served as chair of the national Universal Accreditation Board. During her leadership term, she secured approval for initiation of the “Accredited in Public Relations + M” credential for military organizations.
Dr. Blow has served and/or continues to serve on several professional, community, and civic organizations, including:
- Board Director, Regional Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
- Board Secretary, Franklin-Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
- Chair, Paul D. Camp Community College Board
- Member, Urban League of Greater Hampton Roads Board of Directors
- Member, USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Board of Directors
- Member, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Member, The Links Inc.
About Hampton University
For more than 150 years, Hampton University has been THE Standard of Excellence in higher education. Founded in 1868 by Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton University has a long successful history of offering a strong academic program of educating the “head, heart and hand” and emphasizing the development of character. This foundation has been built upon by Dr. William R. Harvey who has served as Hampton’s president for 44 years. Under his leadership, the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments. During Harvey’s presidency, 92 new programs have been introduced, 31 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded three sides by water, and the university’s endowment has grown from $29 million to $400 million and growing.
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community. PRSA is the principal advocate for industry excellence and ethical conduct and provides members lifelong learning opportunities and leading-edge resources to enhance professional connections and support them at every stage of their career. With more than 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 (PRSSA).