Virginia Communications Hall of Fame seeking nominees for 2018

The Virginia Communications Hall of Fame is seeking nominees for its 2018 class of inductees.

The Hall of Fame inducts and honors people who have made outstanding long-term contributions in the field of communications and who were either born in Virginia or born elsewhere and became distinctively identified with Virginia. 

The Hall of Fame, established by the Richard. T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU (formerly the School of Mass Communications) in 1986, recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional achievement in the fields of print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising, digital, social and interactive media, communications arts and communications education. Since its inception, the Hall of Fame has inducted 165 members into the elite group.

Nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 27, and should include:

  • A letter of nomination that identifies the nominee and describes, in as much detail as possible, the professional contributions to communications of the nominee as well as the nominee’s Virginia connection.
  •  Contact information for the nominee (or, if deceased, of one of the nominee’s family members) including address, telephone and email address.
  •  Names and contact information for at least two individuals the Hall of Fame Selection Committee could contact for additional information on behalf of the nominee. 

Although not required, it is recommended to submit additional letters of support for the nominee.

Nominations should be sent to: 

Attn: Lauren Stewart, development and alumni relations manager
Virginia Communications Hall of Fame
Robertson School
Virginia Commonwealth University
901 W. Main St., Room 2216
Box 842034
Richmond, VA 23284-2034

Nominations also can be submitted electronically to Lauren Stewart at

The inductees will be honored with an awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, March 29, at the Altria Theater. The 30th class of Hall of Fame inductees will be announced before the end of the year. Ticket and sponsorship information will also be released at that time.

The VCU Robertson School appointed the newly formed Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, charged with overseeing the inductee selection process and providing strategic guidance on the management and execution of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame event. 

The Hall of Fame Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Frazier Armstrong, managing partner of Armstrong Partners, and Jeff Wilson, vice president of Padilla, and comprises a diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to inspiring excellence in the communications industry.

About the Robertson School

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU (formerly School of Mass Communications) prepares effective and skilled communicators through quality instruction, advising and student services, based on real world applications. Through research, professional service and scholarship in applied communications, the School advances the knowledge and practice in a multi-disciplinary and evolving media environment. The School values truth, ethics, creativity, innovation, collaboration, cultural diversity, shared governance and community engagement. Home to more than 1,300 students, the School has three undergraduate sequences in advertising, journalism and public relations, as well as two master’s programs in multimedia journalism and strategic public relations. It also jointly runs a Media Art and Text interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with the Department of English and the School of the Arts. For more information, please see

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit and