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Chapter Member Fanning Passes APR Exam

Dec. 6, 2011

Paul FanningPaul Fanning, APR, public relations and legislation administrator for the Board of Water Works of Pueblo, successfully passed the PRSA APR exam Nov. 19, 2011, and is now an accredited member of the Society.  He is the 20th chapter member to earn this important credential.

Paul is a Pueblo native who attended Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University – Pueblo) and the University of Wyoming before receiving his bachelor’s degree in theater from California State University, Fullerton.  After working for 13 years in commercial television production, he served eight years in curriculum and communications (ultimately as director of communications) for the Wichita, Kan., Public Schools prior to returning to Pueblo.  He has been employed by the Board since early 2003.

He has been active in PRSA’s Pikes Peak Chapter for several years, serving as a director-at-large and committee chair.  He’s been a core group member of Pueblo’s Risk Communications Network since 2005, and serves on the public relations committee of the Front Range Water Council.  A member of the Colorado Water Congress, Paul serves on that organization’s state affairs, federal affairs and communications committees.

Paul chairs the communications committee of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association.  He’s also a certified leadership development program (DuPont) trainer and certified diversity trainer.  

When asked why he decided to pursue accreditation, Fanning said, “I came to the profession of public relations through a diverse combination of education and work life experiences that did not include formal PR training.  And, although the public relations work I have performed has been highly valued by leadership and other members of the organizations I have served, I wished to gain a strong underpinning of established PR theory and practice.  The knowledge, skills and abilities I have acquired through preparation for accreditation have enhanced my effectiveness and will continue to do so in the future.”

Paul is married to the former Sylvia Huber; the couple have three adult children, Aaron, Sean and Colin.

Accreditation is the mark of distinction for public relations practitioners who have demonstrated their commitment to the profession and its ethical practice.  Earning his APR designation also certifies that Paul has demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to effectively practice PR in today’s competitive environment.  Only about 25 percent of PRSA’s 21,000+ members have earned this honor.

PRSA members interested in accreditation should contact the chapter’s accreditation chair, Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA, at 719-488-8352 or  He plans to offer a six-week APR workshop for serious candidates after the first of the year.