10th Anniversary Celebration


The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the leading international leadership resource, reached a major milestone in 2015. The year marked 10 years since the University of Alabama’s Trustees established the Center and named it for public relations leader and UA alumna, Betsy Plank.

As part of the commemoration initiative, the Center celebrated 3,650 days of leadership, 120 months of mentorship, 10 years of the late Plank’s vision and one decade of success with a monthly series to highlight its programs and mission.

“The Center reached out to professionals, educators and students who supported our success over the past 10 years for their thoughts about aspects of public relations leadership. That information was shared on our website and via social media channels,” said Dr. Karla Gower, director of the Plank Center and Behringer Distinguished Professor in the department of advertising and public relations at UA.

The series included 11 monthly themes with over 100 infographics:

January: Plank Center, Who We Are & What We Do

February: Leadership

March: Young Professionals & Students

April: Betsy Plank

May: Sectors of PR

June: Plank Scholars

July: Plank Center Research

August: Board of Advisors

September: Ethics

October: Mentorship

November: Plank Fellows

December: Let’s Look Back at the Top Graphics