Many of us know, respect and admire someone in the field of public relations due to their talented and faithful service to our profession. Show your appreciation for their hard work by inviting the entire PR community to celebrate them! Nominate your mentor or colleague for the esteemed Ernest R. McDowell Award.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Ernest R. McDowell Award, which is presented in memory of the late senior vice president of Marketing and Corporate Relations for Capital Health System – today’s UPMC PinnacleHealth System.
Established by PPRS in 1991, the award recognizes an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations — both in the profession itself and the community-at-large. Ernie McDowell set the standard for professionalism and community service with his good works and lifetime example.
If you know someone worthy of this distinguished recognition, please submit his or her name and information and/or materials in support of your nomination to any member of the Awards & Installation Committee by Friday, September 11.
Click to download the nomination form.
Once completed, forms can be sent to Katelyn McNally: firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee will forward nominations and any individuals considered by the committee to the President of the Society. The PPRS Executive Committee will review all nominations and select a recipient. In November, PPRS members will all honor and celebrate the 2020 designee of the Ernest R. McDowell Award at the Society’s Annual Evening of Honors.
Past Award Recipients
1991 – Ernest R. McDowell
1992 – Robert M. Fisher
1993 – Frederick E. Leuschner
1994 – Nicholas J. Goble
1995 – Kenneth L. Bowers
1996 – Robert E. Hetherington
1997 – Betty C. Hungerford
1998 – George H. Geise
1999 – William T. Lunsford, Jr.
2000 – David E. Sill (posthumously)
2001 – Elizabeth Van Wye
2002 – Kathy A. Silks
2003 – Susan L. Anthony
2004 – Deborah Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA
2005 – Robert S. Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA
2006 – Tony May
2007 – Albert Mason, APR
2008 – Kenneth G. Robinson, APR
2009 – Rob Rutz
2010 – Denise Calabrese
2011 – John Maietta
2012 – Crystal L. Hull, ABC
2013 – Mark Shull
2014 – Tamara L. Gillis, Ed.D, ABC, IABC Fellow
2015 – Kathy Burrows
2016 – Nance McCown, PhD
2017 – Lori Baker Pizzarro
2018 – Cheryl Slavinsky
2019 – Jason Kirsch, APR