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Vanderbilt honored for COVID-19 communications efforts

Lenny Schumacher

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NASHVILLE, TN — The Vanderbilt University has been honored with the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award.

This award was rewarded in recognition of the campus’s “Anchor Down. Step Up”. campaign.

Vanderbilt was recognized with an Award of Excellence in the Crisis Communications category for “Best Organizational Pivot” in overcoming COVID-19 communications challenges as well.

The Public Relations Society of America is the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community. Its annual Silver Anvil Awards recognize the best public relations programs with the highest standards of performance in public relations.

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier congratulated everybody who has been working hard to achieve this outstanding award.

“This is well-deserved and hard-earned recognition for the Communications team, and it reinforces what we have known all along—that Vanderbilt has been a leader in every aspect of our response to COVID-19,” said Diermeier. “Alongside those monumental efforts, we continued to promote the full scope of our mission. Our research efforts and the transformation of Athletics have also gained prominence.”

In addition, ESPN notified the university that it had received a Gracie Award for the network’s story on Vanderbilt student-athlete Sarah Fuller and her history-making role during the 2020 college football season.

Fuller was the first woman to play in a football game in the Southeastern Conference and for a Power Five program. The Gracie Awards are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and recognize programming created by, for, and about women.

“I am proud of the work we have done together over the past year, and I am equally proud to see it recognized as best in class—in higher education and beyond,” Diermeier said.

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