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FGCU FPRA Members Tanner Kelly and Terrence Wrighter

Earn Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 5, 2024) – Tanner Kelly and Terrence Wrighter, recent Florida Gulf Coast University graduates and members of the FGCU Student Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), recently earned the prestigious Certificate in Principles of Public Relations.

Tanner Kelly

The certificate, which is earned through passing an examination designed to test the foundational knowledge of those entering the public relations profession, is administrated by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) and gives students a leg up in securing sought-after positions in the profession. Blankenship is the ninth Eagle to earn the certificate.

Terrance Wrighter

“I’m absolutely thrilled to congratulate Tanner and Terrence on earning the Certificate in the Principles of Public Relations,” said Kara Winton, MS, APR, CPRC, a public relations instructor in the Department of Communication and Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. “Their dedication and involvement in the FGCU FPRA chapter, among other activities, have prepared them well for the challenges and opportunities of the public relations industry. Both have embodied the spirit and excellence of our program, and I am confident they will represent us well as they advance in their careers.”

Following their graduation from FGCU, Kelly has secured a PR position in Orlando and will be starting soon, while Wrighter has returned to his native Ohio, where he is commencing his job search, equipped with valuable credentials that will certainly aid him in his endeavors.

To qualify for the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations examination, students must be within six months of graduation (either before or after) from an accredited college or university, whose degree is in public relations or a related area of study. They also must be members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) or student member of another UAB participating organization, and take a course specifically designated for Certificate preparation either online or on campus.

About the Florida Public Relations Association

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. For more information on the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, visit

About the Universal Accreditation Board

The UAB was established in 1998 by a coalition of public relations professional organizations, which includes the Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico, Florida Public Relations Association, California Association of Public Information Officers, Maine Public Relations Council, National Association of Government Communicators, National School Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Religion Communicators Council and the Southern Public Relations Federation. Each organization contributes resources and senior-level volunteer members representing all segments of the public relations profession. More information about the Certificate and the Universal Accreditation Board is available at

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