Katherine Hutt Receives
"I am extraordinarily proud to be in a Society whose highest echelons reflect a lifelong commitment not only to PRSA, but to the profession through the superior practice of public relations," said Galloway of the College of Fellows, which was established in 1989. "As a mentor and a role model, Katherine Hutt contributes immeasurably to the growth of our profession and the respect accorded to it."
This class brings the number of members of the College of Fellows to 431 out of the nearly 20,000 members of PRSA. Election to the College, based on lifetime achievement, is a professional honor awarded to senior practitioners and educators. Fellows are called on to continue their service to the profession through the College.
"The honor of being designated a Fellow by PRSA is one of the profession's highest awards for individual achievement," said Joe S. Epley, chairman of the College of Fellows and a past president of PRSA. "It clearly identifies outstanding professionals who, throughout their career, have significantly advanced the profession with exceptional performance and leadership."
Hutt is a long-time public relations practitioner in the Washington area and the only person who has served as President of both the PRSA National Capital Chapter and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR). Both groups have previously recognized her leadership. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through PRSA and in 1994 was named "Washington PR Woman of the Year" by WWPR. She is also an active member of the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Her company, Nautilus Communications, Inc., is a virtual agency of senior consultants with clients in the business, nonprofit and government sectors. The firm specializes in consumer communications and the use of the Internet for public relations, including the production of high-impact Web sites and eNewsletters. The firm has also provided pro bono support to a number of local, national and international nonprofits, including Ronald McDonald House, Five Talents International, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program and Historic Vienna.
Before founding her agency in 1996, Hutt served as Director of Public Affairs with Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for six years, and previously held a similar position with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
According to the PRSA Bylaws, to 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 being Accredited, 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.
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