USAO News Bureau

Public relations pioneer to be inducted into hall of fame

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


An author and educator, Dr. Vincent Hazleton is recognized as a trailblazer in the field of public relations.

Hazleton will be inducted into the USAO Hall of Fame in a ceremony that will also honor Young Alumni Award recipient April Doshier on Nov. 3.


The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni.


Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290. An all-inclusive registration package is available for $75 per person, which includes all meals.


Additional information, including registration, is available online at


Hazelton is a professor and acting director of the school of communication at Radford University.


A native of Louisiana, Hazelton earned a bachelor of arts in speech and drama from Oklahoma College for Liberal Arts in 1970. He attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma and earned his master’s and Ph.D. in communication in 1974 and 1977 respectively.


Hazelton has been active in the field of public relations since 1978 and served a three-year term of the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America.


He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on communication and public relations. His two books on public relations theory, Public Relations Theory and PR Theory II were both recognized as “Book of the Year” by the public relations division of the National Communication Association.


Hazelton developed the curriculum for the public relations degree program at Illinois State University where he taught for 17 years and served as department chair from 1986-1992.


He also developed communication programs for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and has served as a consultant to the Virginia State Parks system for 12 years.


Hazelton’s current research and writing is focused on public relations competence, strategies and social capital as a product of public relations. He recently received the Compass Award from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for providing direction and leadership to the profession.


Dr. Dex Marble, vice-president of academic affairs, recalls of Hazleton that, “When I arrived at OCLA in 1972, [he] had already graduated, and I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting him.


“Nevertheless, ‘Butch’ was already a legend among students. Not only was he student body president, but his creative approach to journalism at The Trend and his prowess at spades in the Student Union were the envy of those who followed him. It is little wonder that Dr. Hazleton went on to a magnificent career as a professor and writer. We are honored to claim Vincent Hazleton as one of ours.”