The University of Florida’s Public Relations Student Society of America, PRSSA, elected its 51st president Wednesday, January 24 with a unanimous vote.
Jordan McCrary, 20, a junior public relations major, was named PRSSA president-elect for the 2018-2019 academic year.
“It feels like an accomplishment because I feel like I have given so much to this organization over the last 3 years,” McCrary said. “I love our members and the faculty that supports us, the college that supports us as well as the university that supports us.”
Nichole Graney, 20, is the current president of PRSSA and will be working to make the transition of leadership seamless.
“We, unlike other chapters, have our elections early in the semester in order to have a training period,” Graney said.
UF PRSSA is an alpha chapter of the National PRSSA society and was formed 50 years ago. It was one of the first professional organizations at UF.
According to the PRSSA website, its mission is, “To provide exceptional service to our members by enhancing their education, broadening their processional network and helping laugh their careers after graduation.”
McCrary wants to ensure that UF’s chapter returns to its roots and focuses on working with each other.
“We need to start from the ground up again,” McCrary said. “A lot of our members don’t even know the people that are sitting next to them at meetings.”
McCrary would like to see the organization’s members move to find value in each other and build a network within the local chapter.
Kay Tappan, a lecturer in the department of public relations, is the adviser to UF’s PRSSA.
“I am very excited for this next chapter for PRSSA,” Tappan said. “Jordan has worked hard and done a lot of things this year for the chapter as vice president.”
PRSSA is open to all majors, and McCrary and Graney encourage everyone to join.
The remaining PRSSA executive board members will be elected on April 4.
Story written by Jordan Johnson