The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) is thrilled to announce that Paul Griser from CiTi (Center for Instruction,Technology & Innovation) BOCES has been named our 2023 Communicator of the Year.
The Communicator of the Year award, which is being awarded for the eighth year, is meant to recognize school communications professionals who demonstrate a commitment to strengthening relationships between public schools and the students, families and communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication and public relations are a critical component of school leadership.
"I am humbled and honored to be named Communicator of the Year,” Griser said. “There are so many incredible school communicators on the CiTi PR team and throughout the state of New York that are deserving of this distinction. I am inspired by the creativity, passion, and commitment of my NYSPRA peers, and I share this award with each of them."
Paul's commitment to supporting public education has made him a standout advocate in the field for nearly the last decade. His innovative public relations strategies have successfully conveyed the value of education to diverse audiences, garnering widespread support from communities. Through well-crafted storytelling, he has illuminated the transformative power of education.
“At the core of Paul's impact lies his exceptional leadership and communication skills,” said Naomi Himes, CiTi BOCES Public Information Coordinator. “As a leader, he has inspired his team of seven individuals to be champions in School PR. His efforts have fostered collaboration, leading to measurable positive outcomes in the educational landscape.”
Paul's personal communication style is both empathetic and transparent, enabling him to forge genuine connections with individuals. His willingness to listen and value diverse perspectives fosters an environment of inclusivity and mutual understanding. This, combined with his unwavering commitment to ethics and professionalism, sets an exemplary standard for communicators in school PR.
He has emerged as a role model for both communicators and non-communicators alike. His dedication to public education, effective public relations strategies and exceptional leadership made him the p
erfect candidate for the Communicator of the Year Award. His unwavering commitment to innovation in this field is unmatched.
“It is clear from the words of his colleagues that Paul has a demonstrated passion for school public relations and a commitment to professionalism. I congratulate him on this prestigious recognition,” said NYSPRA President Krystyna Baumgartner, APR.
New York School Public Relations AssociationNYSPRA is a state chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).