Public Relations Executive to Speak at Annual Michael Davis Lecture

Ofield Dukes, a Washington D.C.-based public relations executive, will present the annual Michael Davis Lecture Feb. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Department of Communication, the lecture is part of the University’s Black History Month festivities.

The lecture recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media.  The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communications student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident.

Dukes has been a communication consultant for every Democratic presidential campaign since 1972.  As an award-winning journalist, he became the deputy director of information during the Johnson-Humphrey administration.  He has been identified as one of Washington’s most influential public relations executives.

Dukes’ public relations clients include Lever Brothers and Motown Records.  His work has garnered the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver and Gold Anvil Awards, the highest recognition available in the public relations profession.  This year marks the 34th anniversary of his company, Ofield Dukes and Associates.

For more information on the upcoming lecture, contact Dr. Ferrell Ervin, chair of the Department of Communication, at (573)651-2241.