Seton Hall University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has selected Paul Ward, Entertainment Executive and former Executive Vice President of Primetime, Acquisitions, and Strategy for Nickelodeon, as the 2014 recipient of its coveted ROPE in Success Award. Named after the four components of a successful Public Relations campaign (Research, Objectives, Programming and Evaluation), the annual award acknowledges one tri-state area professional who has shared exceptional mentoring and support with Seton Hall University public relations students, interns and graduates. The award will be presented to Ward at the ROPE in Success Event at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 10 in the University’s Chancellor’s Suite in Seton Hall’s University Center at 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ.
Ward, a graduate of the Seton Hall University Class of 1986, has spent the majority of his career as a communications strategist, rising up the ranks at MTV/Viacom Networks, specifically in strategic communications and programming for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, and TV Land. Ward’s time at MTV/Viacom had a direct impact on the people he worked with and on the viewers’ experience.
Ward’s commitment to Seton Hall has been just as impactful. In 2010, Ward was instrumental in the development of CHAMP – the University’s Communications Honors Alumni Mentoring Program – that pairs select Communications students with successful alumni mentors. Currently in its fourth year, the initiative is designed to help current students prepare for careers in Communications and Public Relations and has engaged over 50 alumni back to their alma mater.
“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition from the Seton Hall Chapter of the P.R.S.S.A.,” explains Ward. “The caliber of Seton Hall graduates choosing careers in Communications is evidenced by the leadership roles assumed by hundreds of accomplished alumni who make us proud each and every day. Hard work, strategic thinking and a degree from Seton Hall is truly a recipe for success and I’m humbled to be in the company of past and current P.R.S.S.A. members who continue to elevate the profile of Communications and Public Relations professionals.”
Past honorees of the ROPE in Success award include Ashley Manz, Account Executive at R&J Public Relations (2013), Sandra Maloney, Assistant Director of Seton Hall’s Career Center (2012), Josh Balber, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2011), Joan Bossio. Stern + Associates (2010), Michael W. Kempner, MWW Group (2009) Kathleen Waugh, Toys R Us (2008), and Tom Coyne, Coyne PR (2007).
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