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For many professors in higher education, their main goal is research. For Eastern Michigan University Professor Emeritus Eleanor Wright, her goal was to help her students succeed.“For me, the greatest reward in program development and teaching has always been and always will be seeing the students succeed in the communications profession,” said Wright. “The best reward is having the people you’ve taught succeed.”​


Wright came to Eastern in 1979 after seeing an advertisement for a journalism professor in the newspaper. Within three years, she worked her way up the ranks and became an associate professor.


By 1983, Wright had created both public relations and written communications programs at the university. She was responsible for bringing the internship requirement to the public relations program, helped developed numerous key courses and also helped bring computers to the English department.


Today, the PRSSA Eleanor Wright Chapter at EMU seeks to develop its members’ knowledge and skills, so that every practitioner has the expertise necessary to succeed in the professional world. We are excited to welcome members of any field who want to learn how to expand their brand by networking with fellow members and PR professionals, attending agency tours and having access to a wealth of resources provided by the national organization.