Lifetime Achievement: Ron Culp Receives the 2015 Gold Anvil Award

December 2, 2015

E. Ronald Culp, Fellow PRSA, director of the graduate program in public relations and advertising at DePaul University, received this year’s Gold Anvil Award — PRSA’s highest individual honor.

In his acceptance speech on Nov. 8, Culp discussed his 40-year PR career and what winning this lifetime achievement award means to him. “I owe this award to loving what I do and being damn lucky. Find yourself a good editor, a trusted confidante and a best friend. I’ve worked with many great teams and mentors,” he said, thanking his wife as well as the late Betsy Plank, APR, Fellow PRSA.

“The best mentoring relationships happen naturally — they’re not forced. If you love what you’re doing, the right mentor relationship will come your way,” Culp said. “No matter how busy you are, find time to mentor or be mentored. There’s magic when it happens.

“Try to build bridges between the profession and education. Commit to the future of public relations and pay it forward when you can.”


Honoring PRSA's 2015 Individual Award Recipients

Gold Anvil Award for Lifetime Achievement: E. Ronald Culp, Fellow PRSA

Public Relations Professional of the Year Award: Paula L. Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA

The Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service: Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA

The Outstanding Educator Award: Lynn Appelbaum, APR, Fellow PRSA

Paul M. Lund Public Service Award: Barbara E. Arnold, MBA, APR

Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize: Ansgar Zerfass, Ph.D.

David Ferguson Award: Richard Edelman

Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award: Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR

Amy Jacques

Amy Jacques is the managing editor of publications for PRSA. A native of Greenville, S.C., she holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and a certificate in magazine and website publishing from New York University.

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