LA ROCHE VP RECEIVES HALL OF FAME AWARD
Kenneth P. Service, vice president for institutional relations at La Roche College, has received the 2001 Hall of Fame Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The award, which salutes a professional with 20 years or more of experience who has made a “significant and lasting contribution to the advancement of public relations in the Pittsburgh region,” was presented at the 2001 PRSA Renaissance Awards dinner, Thursday, November 15.
As vice president for institutional relations, Service directs La Roche’s communications, marketing, public affairs, development, and government and community relations programs, along with coordinating the outreach efforts for the College’s internationally recognized Pacem In Terris program.
Service is also active in a number of community endeavors. He currently serves on the boards of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Mercy Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, the Sisters of Divine Providence Development Council, and the Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center. A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, his past community activities include serving as president of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh International Folk Theatre, chair of the Divine Providence Hospital board of directors, and a member of the Bethel Park School Board.
An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1977, Service was inducted into that organization’s College of Fellows in 1999, an honor accorded to less than two percent of the more than 20,000 members of PRSA. He is a past recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh PRSA chapter, and he has served in a number of leadership roles in PRSA, including membership on the executive committees of both PRSA's Counselors to Higher Education section and the Educational and Cultural Organizations section, and is a past chairperson of PRSA's Energy and Natural Resources section.
Prior to joining La Roche College, Service was director of news and information at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also held public relations positions with Duquesne Light Company, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University.
Service has a BA degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and he completed the University of Cincinnati Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
He and his wife, Rhys, live in Bethel Park, PA.