IPR Announces Winner of its Inaugural Social Media Case Study Competition

Winners Analyzed How Online Influencers Impact Brand Awareness in Swisspers® Sleep Naked Social Media Campaign Gainesville, Fla., – “Swisspers® Sleep Naked Social Media Campaign: A Case Study Exploring the Role of Online Influencers,” has won the Institute for Public Relations’ inaugural award for its 2014 Social Media Case Study competition based on the quality of […]

Institute for Public Relations

IPR Elects Cody and Doolittle as Trustees and Strengthens Commitment to Research Focus

Gainesville, Fla., April 28, 2015 – The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) announced the election of two trustees, Steve Cody, co-founder and CEO of Peppercomm, and David Doolittle, vice president of communications & community relations at Cox Automotive. With the election of these two trustees, the IPR Board remains committed to the top research priorities […]

PRSA-NCC Announces Partnership with IPR for Research, Measurement and Evaluation Category for the 2015 Thoth Awards

Fairfax, Va. — The Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) is partnering with the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) to judge and present the research category at this year’s 47th Annual Thoth Awards and Gala. The Thoth Awards recognize the most outstanding, strategic public relations programs and products developed and produced in the […]

Dr. Tina McCorkindale

New IPR CEO Brings Strong Research Record and Knowledge of Practice

Tina McCorkindale Elected Effective May 11, Replacing Retiring CEO Frank Ovaitt FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY, April 7, 2015 – The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) announced today the election of Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., as the organization’s fifth chief executive officer since becoming an independent organization in 1989. McCorkindale, whose election is effective May […]

Michelle Hinson Elected Chair of IPR Measurement Commission

Gainesville, FL – The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Measurement Commission has elected Michelle Hinson as its chair effective immediately. Hinson is Director, PR Measurement for CyberAlert LLC, an industry leader in public relations monitoring, measurement and analytics. The IPR Measurement Commission is composed of researcher-practitioners and thought-leaders in public relations research, measurement, and evaluation […]

O’Dwyer features Institute’s Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner

Jack O’Dwyer featured IPR’s 53rd Distinguished Lecture and Awards dinner in his O’Dwyer’s Blog. Ray Kotcher, Senior Partner and Chairman of Ketchum, the Alexander Hamilton Medal, received IPR’s highest recognition for contributions to the practice of public relations on November 13 at the Yale Club in NYC. Kotcher’s acceptance speech “PR at the Speed of Light: Transformation, […]

Institute for Public Relations

IPR Conducting Search for Next CEO

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Board of Trustees has begun a search for candidates to become the next President and CEO of the organization. Frank Ovaitt, who currently holds the position, has announced his intent to retire from full-time duties effective December 31. “This organization is known for fostering awareness and […]

IPR Trustees Honored for Mentoring Impact by the Plank Center

Three IPR Trustees were honored for demonstrating the positive impact of mentoring at the 5th Annual Milestones in Mentoring Gala hosted by The Plank Center on October 30. Patrick Ford, Worldwide Vice Chair and Chief Client Officer at Burson-Marsteller, Wendi Strong, Executive Vice President at USAA, and Andy Polansky, CEO at Weber Shandwick, were recognized […]

Prominent Leader in Corporate Communication Research to Receive IPR Pathfinder Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Ansgar Zerfass, a leader in corporate communication research, will receive the 2014 Pathfinder Award, the highest academic honor bestowed by the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) in the United States. Dr. Zerfass, professor and chair of strategic communication at the University of Leipzig in Germany, will present “Challenges for Communication Leaders […]

IPR Research Journal

IPR Announces New Publication: Research Journal of the Institute for Public Relations

An article that includes a list of 48 checkpoints public relations professionals can use to assess the relative strength of employee communications in their organizations, is featured in the first issue of the Research Journal of the Institute for Public Relations (RJ-IPR) now available online at: Also featured in the first issue is an article that provides guidance […]

Juan-Carlos Molleda Opens the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management’s Research Colloquium in Spain

Juan-Carlos Molleda, UF College of Journalism and Communications’ Department of Public Relations Chair and Trustee of the Institute for Public Relations, was the keynote speaker of the opening plenary at the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management’s (GA) Research Colloquium on Sunday, Sept. 21, in Madrid, Spain. The Global Alliance started its operations […]

Frank Ovaitt + Don Stacks

IPR Leaders’ Contributions Honored by Communications Educators

Frank Ovaitt, president and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), and Dr. Don Stacks, trustee and chair of the IPR Measurement Commission, received top service awards at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) last month. Ovaitt received the Gerald Sass Distinguished Service Award, presented at […]