January 25, 2021

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations Board of Advisors has announced its new leadership team and the addition of two new board members. 

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Press Release: Trends and challenges revealed in new book about women and leadership in public relations

Advancement barriers, gaps in leadership and lack of mentors examined

A new book, PR Women with Influence: Breaking Through the Ethical and Leadership Challenges, explores how women in the profession of public relations and communications navigate through attitudinal, structural and social barriers in advancing their leadership roles. The book is co-authored by Juan Meng, associate professor at the University of Georgia, and Marlene S. Neill, associate professor at Baylor University.  

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Depends On Ethical Decision-Makers

By: Carol Ann Underwood

We expect many things from leaders in our organizations. We look to them for solutions when times are challenging, and we expect them to do what is right. We trust them to make ethical decisions daily and hope their moral compass points due north. There are numerous topics we need them to address in the workplace, and one of the most important issues today are efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion. The success of diversity, equity and inclusion is dependent on ethical leaders and decision-makers.

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Educating During the Pandemic: The Fall 2020 Idea Generator for Instructors in Higher Education

With colleges and universities compelled by COVID-19  to continue remote and virtual instructional methods, best practices are in high demand. This quick-read resource guide delivers a list of takeaways from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations’ recent digital panel, Educating During the Pandemic.”

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According to the Plank Center’s Report Card 2019, PR leaders received an overall grade of “C+”, reflecting little change from previous studies in 2015 and 2017.

Is Improving Public Relations Leadership on the Profession’s Radar Screen?

According to Report Card 2019, PR leaders received an overall grade of “C+”, reflecting little change from two previous studies. Read more


North American Communication Monitor

North American Communication Monitor

The Plank Center sponsored the North American Communication Monitor, the first survey of its kind in North America, to explore the status quo, qualities and trends of communication management.

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Grants & Awards

2019 Milestones in Mentoring Honorees

Q&A with our Honorees

Mentoring is a “hot” topic in many professions including public relations. Our “Milestones in Mentoring” honorees shared their mentoring tips, challenges, inspiration, advice and much more.

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PR Leaders Received a “C+”

Is improving public relations leadership on the profession’s radar screen? As it stands now, leadership in the field remains pretty average; improvement seems elusive. The urgency to act is now.

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Latest News

Is Public Relations the Conscience of the Business?

By Mark Harris, Board Member, The Plank Center

Public relations is the conscience of the business.  

That statement, or some close version, is one of the accepted truths about the practice of public relations – at least among people who do PR for a living.  

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Calm and Courageous Under Fire

Eight guiding principles to tackle any crisis

By Louise Oliver, APR, Peritus PR, and co-written takeaways by the Peritus PR team

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