Published on March 2, 2022 by Sean Flynt  
Betsy Emmons
Betsy Emmons

Samford University communication and media professor Betsy Emmons has been named president of the board of directors of the Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Emmons holds the national Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and is a nine-year member of the Alabama chapter. She has served on the board of directors in several areas, including programming, accreditation and professional development.

“Alabama PRSA is a strong chapter of the national PRSA organization, with active members throughout the state,” Emmons said. “The public relations industry never loses its importance even in our evolving media, and our PRSA chapter is continuing its goals of highlighting ethical, stakeholder-building communication and using our active network to be a voice for the industry.”

In addition to her courses in mass media, public relations and advertising, Emmons is the faculty adviser for Samford’s award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America's (PRSSA) chapter. She also is an active scholar, with research interests that include social media in sports, sports journalism and public relations.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.