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LLUMC employee elected president of PRSA local chapter

Preston Smith (right), president-elect of the California Inland Empire Chapter of PRSA, presents an award to Shanna Palau for her public relations work with the city of Riverside.
Preston Smith (right), president-elect of the California Inland Empire Chapter of PRSA, presents an award to Shanna Palau for her public relations work with the city of Riverside. Mr. Smith began his duties as president of the chapter on January 1, 2007.
Preston Smith, who has served as publications editor for the office of public & media relations at Loma Linda University Medical Center for five years, was officially elected president of the Public Relations Society of America–California Inland Empire Chapter in September 2006. He began his role as president and administrator of the chapter January 1, 2007.

“It is an honor to be recognized by your peers to serve in any leadership role,” says Mr. Smith of his recent appointment.

“I take the trust the chapter members have put in me seriously. Fortunately, I have a board of directors that consists of people of all-star caliber, and this year looks to be shaping into one of our chapter’s best for professional development opportunities for our members.”

The Public Relations Society of America, based in New York City, is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The society has more than 28,000 professional and student members.

The Public Relations Society of America is organized into 112 chapters nationwide, with 19 professional interest sections, along with affinity groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and nonprofit organizations.

Chartered in 1947, the Public Relations Society of America’s primary objectives are to advance the standards of the public relations profession and to provide members with professional development opportunities through continuing education programs, information exchange forums, and research projects conducted on the national and local levels.

The California Inland Empire Chapter was established in 1965 and has been active in the growing region for more than 40 years.

“Both my director and vice president have been very supportive,” says Mr. Smith. “I am very grateful that they allow me to take on this new responsibility.”

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 29, 2007