For the fourth year running, on Thursday May 17th Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership opened its doors in celebration of the class of 2018 graduates and their academic achievements. More than 100 guests were in attendance, including friends, family, and members of the academic community.
The celebration was largely in honor of students graduating this year with their Master of Science degree in public relations and corporate communication (PRCC) from New York University’s School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business. Many Logos Institute members are involved with the program as professors, guest lecturers, and advisors.
Helio Fred Garcia and Kristin Johnson are both professors in the program, teaching elective courses on crisis communication and PR consulting, respectively. Garcia has taught in the program for 13 years since he co-founded it in 2005, with Professor John Doorley. Professor Johnson, who is also an alumna of the program, just finished her eighth semester teaching. Both professors have advised many students over the years on their capstones (theses), with Professor Garcia advising three students from this year’s graduating class. Logos Institute fellows Holly Helstrom, Adam Tiouririne, and Iris Wenting Xue have guest-lectured in the program as well.
Professor Johnson and Professor Garcia
At this year’s event Professor Garcia was presented with a heartfelt gift in commemoration of his 30th year of teaching at NYU; students and colleagues in attendance wrote messages in a journal of gratitude and appreciation for Garcia’s excellence as a teacher, mentor, and friend.
You can see the formal ceremony at the reception here.
Long-Standing Relationship with NYU
Logos Institute team members teach at many academic institutions and for many corporate clients, in different capacities. However, Logos has a special relationship with New York University dating back to 1988, when Helio Fred Garcia, Executive Director of Logos Institute, first joined the faculty in NYU’s School of Professional Studies, where he still teaches today. For the past 15 years he has also been an adjunct professor of management in NYU’s Stern School of Business Executive MBA program, where he teaches an elective in crisis management and where in 2016 he was designated Executive MBA Great Professor.
The PRCC program at NYU was co-founded in 2005 by Helio Fred Garcia, and John Doorley, now a Visiting Associate Professor at Elon University. Garcia has taught consecutive semesters since the program’s inception. He received the Dean’s award for teaching excellence last year, an honor also bestowed to him in 1990.