NSPRA Presidents Award

The NSPRA Presidents Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association. It is given to recognize a (living) individual NSPRA member for outstanding professionalism and integrity throughout a career as an educational public relations practitioner and for contributing to the advancement of educational public relations. In addition, it recognizes the member’s active involvement and leadership at a national level as well as substantive professional contributions to NSPRA.

Eligible nominees must:

  • Hold a professional membership in NSPRA.
  • Be a member of their state chapter (unless nominee’s state has no chapter).
  • Hold (or have held during their career) a full-time educational PR position (with a district, school, educational agency or association) for a minimum of 10 years.

Current NSPRA Executive Board members and NSPRA staff are ineligible for nomination.

Nominations for the Presidents Award may be submitted by: 

  • Current NSPRA chapter presidents,
  • Any past NSPRA Executive Board member who is not serving on the current selection committee and
  • Past recipients of the award.

Up to one Presidents Award winner may be identified each year. After a screening committee reviews all nominations, a selection committee comprised of past NSPRA presidents identifies the winner.  Their considerations for selection include the nominee’s ability to meet the award criteria,  the nominee's past awards and honors, the nominee's contributions to the school public relations profession and to NSPRA, and the nominator's statement as to why the nominee is deserving of the award.

Nominations for the 2021 NSPRA Presidents Award have closed.  

Bob Noyed, APR

2021 NSPRA Presidents Award Recipient:
Bob Noyed, APR

Vice President
CESO Communications, LLC

Noyed has more than 35 years of experience in creating and executing strategies to help advance public school vision and goals through communications and strategic planning, public relations, marketing and community engagement. He currently serves as a vice president for CESO Communications, LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategic communications counsel and support for public schools and districts. Over the course of his career, he also led strategic communications departments in five Minnesota public school districts and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Noyed is an active member of his state chapter, Minnesota SPRA (MinnSPRA), and of NSPRA. He also has served on the NSPRA Executive Board as the North Central Region vice president and as president in 2006-07. 

“[Bob] is the personification of everything NSPRA stands for as an organization. His contributions to our association, strategic mind, deep body of knowledge, thirst to learn new things and enthusiastic ability to nurture and teach other school PR professionals, makes him the real deal: a true NSPRA superstar,” said Susan Hardy Brooks, APR, the director of communications and marketing for the Great Plains Technology Center in Oklahoma, when nominating him for the award.

Advancing the Profession 

Noyed was the co-founder of the New Professionals program, which ran from 2001 to 2019 as a workshop prior to the annual National Seminar. Over the years, workshop students have gone on to help shape the culture and aspirations of NSPRA as a whole. Noyed has maintained relationships with many of his New Professional mentees, and he continues to support and encourage them in any way he can.

Kristine Liptrot, APR, the director of communications and community engagement for Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 in Illinois, met Noyed at her first NSPRA Seminar during the New Professionals pre-Seminar workshop. 

“Bob's experienced and easy-going nature allowed him to easily form connections with his audience of wide-eyed, way-over-our-heads newbies. He has made it a point to say hello, check-in to see how things are going, and introduce me to others in the profession at every Seminar,” she said.

NSPRA leaders are proud to recognize Bob Noyed, APR, as the 2021 Presidents Award winner. He will be honored at the NSPRA 2021 National Seminar during the General Session on Monday, July 12, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

View a list of previous award recipients.