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Mississippi State Alumnus honored by Southern Public Relations Federation

Checky Herrington (Beta Tau–Mississipi State ’76) was honored with the 2019 Professional Achievement Awarded by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). The SPRF established this award to recognize an individual that has continually demonstrated the highest ideals of the profession as well as a commitment to advance the profession of public relations. Joined by his wife Chellie, Checky accepted the award during the SPRF’s 2019 fall conference in Orange Beach Alabama.

Checky is a senior member of the public affairs team at Mississippi State University (MSU). His work at the university has gained national attention and has generated higher enrollment and has positively reflected the school’s reputation and increased giving.

Before his career at MSU, Herrington was an employee of Entergy Corporation for nearly 30 years, where he was responsible for making the utility’s customer satisfaction ratings among the highest in the nation. He also worked for Mississippi Governor William Winter and was a reporter for the Clarion Ledger.

Check is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), is Accredited in Public Relations, and was inducted into the PRSA’s prestigious College of Fellows in 2015 and, more recently, into the SPRF Hall of Fame. He has received statewide, regional and national recognition for his public relations efforts.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Mississippi State University. Herrington and his wife, Chellie, are the parents of two children and have two grandchildren.

One of the judges said of Herrington, “He has had a positive impact on education in Mississippi, the energy industry and the individuals it serves, and the image of an important institution of higher education in his state. Checky represents the best in public relations.”

The Southern Public Relations Federation is a network of public relations professionals from Alabama, North Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi who share a common interest in the public relations profession. Membership in the Federation is automatic for members of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA), the Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization (ECPRO), the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL), and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).

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