An Emory & Henry graduate and member of the College’s Board of Trustees has been named the 2012 recipient of the highest award in the Tri-Cities for individual accomplishment in public relations.
Bob Feagins, a member of the E&H Class of 1991, was awarded the Rod Irvin Excellence in Public Relations Award. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the award recognizes an individual who exemplifies integrity, creativity, leadership and community involvement while upholding the finest standards of the PRSA.
The award was presented at the annual awards banquet of the Tri-Cities chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. During the banquet, the Emory & Henry Public Relations Office was honored with six awards for public relations excellence.
Feagins, who holds a degree in mass communications from Emory & Henry, serves as the executive director of communications and development for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. During his acceptance remarks, he praised Emory & Henry and its professors, including Dr. Teresa Keller, for their transformative impact on his life and career.
One of Feagins' most notable accomplishments is the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner. What was once a dinner meeting with a couple of speeches and the obligatory "passing of the gavel," under his direction has become what many call the "Tri-Cities" social event of the year.
Kingsport Chamber President and CEO Miles Burdine said Feagins has played an increasingly important role in Tri-Cities community relations and economic development. "He is an outstanding individual contributor. Bob is caring and supportive and has the skills to coach, develop and manage the work of others, overseeing staff members who are responsible for Member Relations, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Move to Kingsport."
Feagins is the recipient of the 2012 Milligan College Leaders in Christian Service Honor Award; winner of numerous Public Relations Society of America Awards of Excellence and Quality; winner of Tri-Cities Addy Awards; winner of American Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards of Communications Excellence for Total Communications Program and other communications initiatives; and recipient of The Business Journal’s Tri-Cities TN/VA “Forty Under 40” Rising Young Business Stars Award.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Emory & Henry, Feagins attended the University of Florida, where he received a master’s degree in mass communications in 1993.
The E&H Office of Public Relations was honored with six awards, including the Award of Excellence given to Jamie Smyth, the director of publications, for the fall 2011 issue of the Emory & Henry Alumni Magazine. The magazine, which was honored with the highest award in magazine publication, highlighted the 175th anniversary of the College’s founding.
Also honored was Brent Treash, the assistant director of public relations and a member of the E&H Class of 2001, who received three Awards of Quality and one Award of Merit for recent video work, and Jed Arnold, the E&H web manager, who received an Award of Quality for an electronic admissions newsletter.
"The E&H Office of Public Relations has enjoyed receiving many honors from the Tri-Cities Chapter of the PRSA during the last ten years," said Dirk Moore, director of public relations at Emory & Henry. "We are happy to be acknowledged once again for the high levels of excellence that we consistently achieve."