Mark Dvorak, APR Inducted Into PRSA College of Fellows
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Posted by: Leslie Wagner
Mark Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA and an executive director
of GolinHarris in Atlanta, has been inducted into The College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org).
Dvorak is among the 14 new members inducted during PRSA’s International
Conference in Philadelphia this week. The number of members of the
College of Fellows, which was established in 1989, is about 400 out of
more than 21,000 members of PRSA. Election
to the College, based on lifetime achievement, is a professional honor
awarded to the most senior practitioners and educators.
PRSA College of Fellows is proud to welcome another outstanding group
of inductees this year,” said
Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, who is the 2013 PRSA chair and chief
executive officer and managing director of the Atlanta office of Ogilvy
PR Worldwide. "This
incredible collection of public relations professionals
exemplifies the dedication, contributions and advancement of the
profession that makes induction the highest honor conferred by PRSA.
is exciting to honor Mark, a member of my home Chapter in Georgia, for
his career achievements and to welcome him into the College
of Fellows. Mark is truly an inspirational leader of public relations,
serving his clients and his firm so well by conducting highly ethical
and effective work. He elevates the practice of public relations and
has built a solid body of work," Nall said.
has advanced from his professional start as a public information
specialist at the City of New Orleans to vice president of marketing
at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to executive director of
GolinHarris in Atlanta.
his 20 years as a PRSA Georgia member, Dvorak has served as newsletter
editor, a member of the chapter’s board of directors, an officer
and its 2002 chapter president. On his second day after joining the
Georgia Chapter, he offered to write a guide for helping college
students make the transition to professional life in Atlanta. During
his presidency, the Georgia Chapter created the special
interest groups (SIGs) to meet the specific needs of an increasingly
diverse membership. Dvorak’s involvement in the society continued after
he completed his year as president.
is a Georgia Chapter assembly delegate, was a member of the national
Universal Accreditation Board for five years and served on the
Task Force that created the Business Case for Public Relations in
2009. He developed a comprehensive survey of PRSA Georgia Chapter
members while he was on medical leave undergoing treatment for
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma three years ago. He has since defeated
native of Largo, Fla., Dvorak earned an M.A. in journalism
administration from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in
and history from Loyola University New Orleans. In the GolinHarris
office, he leads the agency’s work for the National Peanut Board and the
Georgia Department of Economic Development.
be considered for the College of Fellows, a member of PRSA must have
practiced public relations for 20 or more years, demonstrated
superior capability as a practitioner, exhibited personal and
professional qualities that serve as a role model for other
practitioners and advanced the state of the profession. Criteria also
include earning Accreditation, having passed rigorous oral and
written examinations involving a depth of knowledge in the strategic
analysis of public relations issues, including program, research,
ethics, legal issues, communications and other areas.
than two percent of the Society’s 22,000 members have been honored with
this designation. Being a Fellow means the individual is
a recognized mentor and role model to professionals and students within
his or her state, region, the nation and even internationally. The
designation identifies members as exceptional professionals and
educators who have significantly advanced our profession
through their professional performance and leadership.