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Hampton University’s Felicia Blow Elected Chair of the Public Relations Society of America

Felicia Blow, associate vice president for development at Hampton University in Virginia, has been elected as chair of the national public relations trade association, Public Relations Society of America. Serving the communications community, PRSA is the nation’s leading professional organization with nearly 30,000 members. PRSA is collectively represented in all 50 states by more than 110 Chapters and 14 Professional Interest Sections, and on nearly 375 college and university campuses through its student organization, the Public Relations Student Society of America.

“I am so pleased to begin my term as chair of PRSA. As just the third Black person to fill this seat over PRSA’s 75-year history, I am mindful of the pressing need for us to expand our efforts to embrace all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, as a Hamptonian, I am even more proud to serve. Hampton is an institution like none other and my education and work at university have fully prepared me to lead PRSA,” said Dr. Blow.

Dr. Blow joined the staff at Hampton University in 2017. She had previously worked in manufacturing (Caterpillar, Inc.); waste management and environmental services (Southeastern Public Service Authority); telecommunications (Cox Communications); and higher education (Paul D. Camp Community College and Tidewater Community College).

Dr. Blow is a graduate of Hampton University, where she majored in communication and journalism. She holds a master’s degree in marketing from Strayer Univerity and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.


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  1. HBCU Watch says:

    The first assignment for Felicia is to immediately manage the PR nightmare for Hampton University and the boule card carrying William Harvey recent antics of offering Free Tuition, Room & Board, and Books to Ukrainian students. This a complete insult to the numerous students who are literally struggling to pay that bloated tuition, sub par room & board, and neoconservative higher education curriculum. Myself and many others are so glad that William is retiring because his politically correct ideology has been nothing more than an internal threat to Hampton University for 40 plus years. Time to go William immediately.

    For those who dissent, I challenge you to provide verifiable evidence where Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Michigan, Duke, UVA, or even Western European universities are providing similar opportunities.

    • Ronald B. Saunders says:

      Thank you for that correct comment HBCU Watch. To understand people like William Harvey we must first turn to our late great brother Frantz Fanon who shows demonstrated clarity in his book titled Black Skin, White Masks.

      • HBCU Watch says:

        Hey Ronald,

        Thanks. You’re absolutely correct by recommending Frantz Fanon’s prolific book “Black Skin, White Masks” because it captures the essence of why too many so-called native born Black Americans conduct themselves in this empirically White dominant society called the USA (and within the African Diaspora).

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