First-year HPU graduate student
Brandi Boatner was elected vice president of Advocacy for
the 2007-2008 Public Relations Student Society of America
(PRSSA) National Committee by more than 100 delegates to
the PRSSA National Assembly March 24 in Nashville, Tenn.
Boatner will assume the leadership role June 1.
I am honored to serve on the PRSSA National Committee,” said
Boatner. “I am also proud to represent HPU and the College
of Communication on a national level .”
The PRSSA National Committee has the responsibility of managing
the business affairs of PRSSA and mentors members who have questions,
concerns, or interests in national participation, Boatner explained.
The committee is comprised of 14 members, including the national
president and immediate past president and seven vice presidents
for Chapter Development, Member Services, Professional Development,
Public Relations, Internships and Job Services, Regional Activities,
As VP for Advocacy, Boatner is PRSSA’s official voice on
diversity and ethics. She will work closely with the PRSSA Advocacy
Board and vice president of Advocacy, implementing and supporting
PRSSA’s Diversity Initiative, maintaining a subcommittee
for assistance with advocacy issues, assisting chapters with
local advocacy efforts, and pitching advocacy releases for PRSSA
to national publications.
The incoming National Committee is in a unique position due to
the 40th anniversary of PRSSA,” said Melissa Csuhran, incoming
national president from Ohio Northern University. “I have
full faith in the diverse future leadership to continue current
initiatives, implement new ideas.”
Boatner is president of the PRSSA chapter at HPU. As a Hurricane
Katrina survivor, she moved to Hawai‘i to pursue her master’s
degree after finishing her undergraduate career in Dortmund,
Germany. Prior to Katrina, she was a public relations major at
Loyola University, New Orleans. She is an active member in the
alumnae chapter of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and the Honolulu
Panhellenic Alumnae Association (HAPA).