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School of Media and Communication

Rex Kelly

Rex gained his elite skills in public relations as an executive for the Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power.  He received the top spot in customer satisfaction and earned the Utility Communicator International’s (UCI) Communicator Award six times during his career.  Kelly has been the president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and was awarded the PRAM Professional Achievement Award.  The Mississippi Beach Chapter created the Rex E. Kelly Professional Achievement Award in his honor.  He was also the director of the Southern Public Relations federation, which also named him a Senior Practitioner.  Kelly has also served as the president of the USM International Alumni Association and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.  He has since retired and serves as the Senior Counselor with the Hawthorn Group in Alexandria, Virginia.  Kelly was inducted into the MCJ Hall of Fame in 2009.