GAINESVILLE, FL—Michael Fernandez, vice president of public affairs for State Farm Insurance, and Matthew Gonring, consultant at Gagen MacDonald, have been re-elected co-chairs of the Institute for Public Relations’ board of trustees. Kenneth Makovsky, president of Makovsky & Company, was re-elected treasurer, and Robert Grupp was re-elected Institute president and CEO. They serve one-year terms beginning January 1, 2010.
The Institute for Public Relations is an independent non-profit foundation headquartered at the University of Florida that aims to bridge the academic and professional fields, supporting public relations research and mainstreaming this knowledge into practice.
New Trustees elected to three-year terms are Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communications at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; Chris Atkins, vice president, communications at Standard & Poors; Kathryn Beiser, vice president, corporate communications, Discover Financial Services; Bruce Berger, professor and chairman of the department of advertising and public relations, University of Alabama; Angela Buonocore, senior vice president, communications, ITT Corporation; Julie Craven, vice president, corporate communications, Hormel Foods; and Katie Spring, managing director and head of corporate communications, Citadel Investment Group.
In addition the Institute’s Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation has retained its chair and elected four new members.
The Commission re-elected Pauline Draper-Watts as 2010 chair. New members include Rebecca Harris, senior communications manager, General Motors; Tim Marklein, executive vice president of measurement and strategy, Weber Shandwick; Mark Phillips, vice president, communications, USO; and Frank Walton, president of RF|Binder Partners.