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Dr. Hamilton Bean Earns Accreditation in Public Relations 

On May 22, 2014, Dr. Hamilton Bean earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). According to PRSA, "The APR is considered the mark of distinction for those who demonstrate commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice.  Currently, there are 5,000 public relations professionals worldwide who earned this voluntary certification.  Its fundamental purpose is to unify and advance the profession by identifying those who have demonstrated broad knowledge, experience and professional judgment in the field." Accredited public relations professionals add value to organizations in many ways.  

  • They are bound by strict ethical guidelines.
  • They are senior-level strategists who have demonstrated skills and abilities    necessary in today’s public relations executive or manager.
  • They have successfully completed a challenging review and examination process.
  • They are required to maintain their Accreditation through professional development and education.
  • They have committed to enhancing the profession.
  • They have demonstrated the desire to succeed.
Dr. Bean will use his APR credential to help students achieve their professional and academic goals, as well as better assist community partners in achieving their communication objectives. More information about APR is available here: 
You can explore recent faculty awards and recent faculty books in our research and creative work section as well.