Nominate Your Mentor or Colleague Today!
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 nominating them for the Ernest McDowell Award and invite the entire PR community to celebrate your nominee!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 21st Annual 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 Harrisburg.
Please note: Nominations do not carry over from year to year. If you previously nominated a colleague and would like for them to be considered again this year, please update and re-submit your nomination form.
Nominations considered by a committee will be forwarded to the President of the Society. Then, the committee will review all nominations and select a recipient. In November, PPRS members will all honor and celebrate the 2022 designee of the Ernest R. McDowell Award at the Society’s Annual Evening of Honors.
About the Ernest R. McDowell Award
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.
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
2020 – Roger Baumgarten
2021 – Sean Connolly, APR