NEW YORK: The Public Relations Society of America has nominated treasurer Del Galloway to serve as president and CEO in 2004.
Galloway, an SVP at Jacksonville, FL firm Husk Jennings, was elected as PRSA's treasurer last year. He heads a slate of candidates for top PRSA posts vetted by the group's nominations committee.
PRSA members will vote on the nominees at the group's annual assembly, being held on November 16 in San Francisco.
If elected, Galloway would succeed incoming president Reed Byrum to serve as PRSA's president-elect next year.
Galloway was president of PRSA's Northern Florida chapter in 1999 before being elected to the group's national board.
Other nominees include Judith Phair, VP for public affairs at the Council on Competitiveness, to serve as treasurer for 2003, and Publicis Dialog chairman and CEO Art Stevens to serve as secretary for 2003.
Though the endorsement of the committee makes a candidate's election likely, a would-be opponent could mount a challenge in the floor vote after turning in 10 statements from assembly delegates supporting their candidacy at least 30 days before the assembly, as current president Joann Killeen successfully did in 1999.
The group has rebounded over the past year. Membership is up by 0.5%, and total revenues were up 4% for 2001, following losses of $678,893 in 2000.