David RemundAssistant professor David Remund has been accepted to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. He joins PRSA fellow and School of Journalism and Communication instructor John Mitchell.

The PRSA has more than 22,000 public relations professionals in the U.S. In 1989, the PRSA created the College of Fellows–an honorary recognition for educators and practitioners whose work has significantly impacted the public relations field. Since its founding, only 350 fellows have been named and having two SOJC faculty members who are fellows is rare.

“Fewer than two percent of PRSA’s members belong to the College of Fellows,” Remund says. “I am certainly humbled to have been accepted into this elite group of industry-leading professionals. Being named a PRSA Fellow reflects the nearly 25 years of hard work I’ve invested, as a practitioner and now as a professor, in helping organizations and people learn to communicate and collaborate more effectively.”

Remund will be inducted into the College of Fellows during a ceremony at the PRSA International Conference in Atlanta in November.

Remund says he was selected based on six criteria: professional accreditation, professional experience and qualifications, superior professional capability, advancement of the profession, service and leadership and being a role model.

“Strong mentors make all the difference,” says Remund. “As a first-generation college student, I learned that fact more quickly than most. Mentors helped me acclimate to the university experience, process my Dad’s unexpected death, stay on track to graduate, and, ultimately, forge a long, productive career in public relations.”

Remund says he strives to be a strong mentor like the mentors who supported him, and he’s finding success. He received a note from a student before the June graduation ceremony saying: “Dr. Remund, you are the reason I fell in love with public relations – and that I found my self-confidence. Thank you for everything, but most of all for truly caring.”

“Moments like these are when I know that I am truly making a difference,” says Remund.

Some of Remund’s areas of expertise include public relations leadership, public relations ethics and crisis communications.

Story by Corinne Boyer, MA ’15