UA’s Plank Center Adds Adviser, Re-Elects Leaders

The board of advisers for The University of Alabama’s Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations has re-elected five members and added one new adviser, bringing the group to 23.

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Newly elected advisor is Ron DeFeo.

Board of Advisors

Ron DeFeo, vice president, media relations & external communications, Darden Restaurants, Florida


Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of The Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.