Each year, the Public Affairs and Government (PAG) Section presents the Lloyd. B. Dennis Award to an exemplary professional who has used his or her public affairs skills to promote truth, demonstrated high standards of integrity and honesty in business dealings, and who has helped effect positive change within an organization. The award is named in honor of one of the great leaders among public relations practitioners, a true friend to the PRSA, and former chair of the PAG Section, Lloyd B. Dennis, who died Sept. 16, 2003, following a long struggle with cancer.
A special Section nominating committee selects the recipient.
Previous Award Winners
2016: Capt. Brook DeWalt, APR+M, Fellow PRSA, Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Strategic Command
2015: Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR, Senior Public Affairs and Public Relations Executive, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
2014: David M. Dozier, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University
2013: Julie H. Wilson, APR, founder and president, Reasons Group, Inc.
2012: No award
2011: No award
2010: Robert Hastings, APR+M, senior vice president, communications, Bell Helicopter
2009: Joseph V. Trahan, III, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, president/CEO and media relations trainer, Trahan & Associates
2008: Robert E. Dittmer, APR, director, public relations, Indiana Departments of
Revenue and Labor
2007: Col. F. William Smullen, III, director, National Security Studies, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University
2006: James E. Lukaszewski, APR, Fellow PRSA, ABC, chairman and president, The Lukaszewski Group
2005: Dr. Larissa A. Grunig and Dr. James E. Grunig, internationally recognized educators and authors
2004: William Novelli, CEO, AARP and founder and former co-president of Porter Novelli
About Lloyd B. Dennis
Lloyd B. Dennis was president and founder of Dennis & Associates, a public affairs consulting firm he established in 1993. Before launching his firm, Dennis served as executive director of public affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility. For 15 years prior to that, he served as senior vice president and director of public affairs for First Interstate Bank of California. His Washington, D.C. experience included serving as a speechwriter and public affairs officer to three secretaries of the treasury in the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Before that he worked as a journalist for nearly 10 years at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and Congressional Quarterly.
Dennis chaired the PAG Section in 2000 and continued to serve as a member-at-large until his death; and he served as editor of the 1995 book, “Practical Public Affairs in an Era of Change.” He served on the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Affairs and was a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of PRSA. Dennis is missed by all who knew him, and remembered for the great good he did in furthering our profession.
2017 Nominations Now Being Accepted
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Award. Any PRSA member may nominate a candidate for the award. The nominee does not need to be a PRSA/PAG Section member, but should be recognized in public affairs, government, military, public sector or regulated industries. The letter of nomination must contain the following information:
Nominees will be judged based on the following criteria:
Process for Submitting a Nomination
Judging and Announcement of Winner