Jolly condemns IPR after presidency defeat

Defeated IPR presidential candidate Stephen Jolly has launched a scathing attack on the institute and has resigned his official IPR roles following his mauling last week.

As reported on prweek.com (21/10/02, 14.36), Leeds Metropolitan University PR professor Anne Gregory won 542 votes, beating Jolly, with 244 votes, into second place.

Jolly, who has been IPR vice-president since January, this week slammed the institute as 'conservative, unrepresentative and suffering from a chronic lack of legitimacy'.

He added that the IPR could be seen as 'a coterie of insiders unresponsive to members' more immediate needs'.

Jolly, who stood unsuccessfully for president last year, denied his resignation was a case of sour grapes, saying: 'I accept the vote of the electorate.

I have spent ten years with the institute and care about it. But it is going in the wrong direction.'

Gregory said this was not her experience of how members perceived the institute, saying 'Stephen may be talking to different people than myself'.

She added that the IPR needed 'critical friends' and said she hoped Jolly would continue to be an active member.

Gregory will spend 12 months as vice-president to John Aspery, who takes over from president Jon Aarons in January, before holding the presidency herself for 2004.

Aarons said the resignation statement was 'at odds with' his experience.

The third candidate, Ardi Kolah, mustered 150 votes in an election in which turnout was just 23 per cent.

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