Donald Wright

Professor, Public Relations, College of Communication

Dr. Wright is an internationally known professor, author, speaker, researcher and corporate communications consultant. He has taught communication and public relations at the university level for more than 30 years and also has worked professionally for more than a decade in various aspects of corporate and agency public relations, journalism and broadcasting. He is one of only two full-time academics ever elected President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), has served on the Board of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society since 1989 and has been on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations since 1993. He currently is Chair of the Institute’s Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation and also is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, a PRSA Fellow and an IPRA Fellow.

Wright received the Outstanding Educator Award from PRSA for teaching excellence and the Pathfinder Award from the Institute for Public Relations for his research productivity. In 2000,PR Week selected him as one of the top 10 public relations educators in the nation and in 2003PR Week named him one of the “15 Leading Lights” in U.S. public relations during the previous 50 years. An active consultant in public opinion research, employee communications and corporate communications, Wright has worked with more than 20 Fortune 500 companies. He also has organized and directed professional development training programs for more than 500 corporate and agency public relations practitioners.