“Today, there are too few ‘angels’ supporting public relations education, but just a few can lead the way.” -Betsy Plank, The Professional Bond (2006, p. 10)

Betsy Plank’s vision continues on in the Center’s research and work in advancing the profession and public relations education. If you would like to support a stronger public relations profession, we invite you to contribute to the advancement of leadership values and skills in public relations by making a tax-deductible gift.

With your support, we can continue to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations and help develop outstanding leaders through a variety of programs, such as fellowships, lectures, scholarships, research and awards.

Please complete and print the donation form to ensure proper preparation of your receipt. If you wish to donate via credit card by phone, please call 205-348-7250.

If you wish to make a book contribution to The Plank Center Library, or donate your papers to The Plank Center Special Collection for Public Relations, or for more information on how you can support The Plank Center please call 205-348-7250 or e-mail the Director, Dr. Karla Gower, at

Our Mission

The Plank Center’s mission is to help develop and recognize outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society. The Center works to achieve its mission by:

Advancing knowledge of leadership values and skills in the profession;

Supporting research, teaching, service, and professional educational efforts that help develop diverse, responsible and trustworthy leaders;

Bridging the interests and vision of the practice and education; and

Collaborating with other groups and associations to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations.