Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Speeches

The Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has strengthened the role of public relations in business and society through service, writing, research, speaking or teaching. Recipients have devoted themselves to services that help build and nurture the profession, advance the understanding, practice or teaching of public relations and corporate communications and strengthen the role of public relations in our society.

Each year, the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is honored at a special Awards Dinner held during the Annual Conference of the Arthur W. Page Society, at which they present acceptance remarks to the communication leaders at the Page Society. These remarks include powerful observations and insights on the emerging trends in the industry and the opportunities for the profession.

James Scofield O'Rourke IV
2017 Distinguished Service Award
James Scofield O'Rourke IV
Professor and Director, The Eugene D. Fanning Center, University of Notre Dame
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Aedhmar Hynes
2016 Distinguished Service Award
Aedhmar Hynes
Chief Executive Officer
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Frank Ovaitt
2015 Distinguished Service Award
Frank Ovaitt
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John Onoda
2014 Distinguished Service Award
John Onoda
Senior Consultant
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Maril MacDonald
2013 Distinguished Service Award
Maril MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
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Kim L. Hunter
2012 Distinguished Service Award
Kim L. Hunter
President & CEO
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Tom Martin
2011 Distinguished Service Award
Tom Martin
Executive-in-Residence
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Peter Debreceny
2010 Distinguished Service Award
Peter Debreceny
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E. Bruce Harrison
2009 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
E. Bruce Harrison
Chief Executive Officer
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James E. Grunig
2008 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
James E. Grunig
Professor Emeritus
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Donald K. Wright
2007 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
Donald K. Wright
Harold Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations
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Ron Culp
2006 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
Ron Culp
Director, PRAD Graduate Program
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2004 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
John M. Reed
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Ann H. Barkelew
2003 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
Ann H. Barkelew
Senior Counselor (Retired)
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John W. (Jack) Felton
2002 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
John W. (Jack) Felton
Retired, Former President and CEO Emeritus
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2001 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
Patrick Johnson
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2000 Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Remarks
Betsy Plank
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