Fulton to be honored at WVU

MORGANTOWN – Parkersburg native Mike Fulton will be one of five West Virginia University alumni to be honored Friday and Saturday during WVU’s 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Fulton will receive the John F. Nicholas Jr. Chapter Leadership Award, which is awarded to a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given tremendous service and contributions to a local chapter.

Fulton is being recognized for his outstanding work with the National Capital Area Chapter.

Fulton has degrees from Parkersburg High School (1975), WVU at Parkersburg (1977) and WVU’s School of Journalism (1979).

Fulton, president of The Arnold Agency’s Washington, D.C. office, has more than 30 years of public affairs experience. Before joining The Arnold Agency in 2012, he spent more than 22 years at GolinHarris, using his knowledge of the federal government and public affairs skills to achieve successful and high-value government relations results for his clients, according to a WVU Alumni Association press release.

Fulton is a graduate of WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He was named “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper four years in a row, and his public affairs campaigns have received awards and honors from PR Week, the Thoth Awards, and West Virginia Public Relations Society of America.

Fulton has served as a mentor to hundreds of WVU students, providing career guidance and assisting in the development of internships for these future graduates.

Fulton is active in the American League of Lobbyists and serves on its board. He served six years on the national board of directors of the WVU Alumni Association and is on the Visiting Committee School of Journalism.

He developed and is teaching a public affairs course for the WVU Integrated Marketing Communications program.

Other WVU alumni to be honored are Brian Baldasare, Mark Furfari, DJ Gibson and Betty Puskar.

The Chapter/Service Awards, which recognize the outstanding service and volunteer support to their alma mater, as well as the communities in which they live, will be presented during halftime of the WVU-Texas Tech game on Saturday.

“Each of these graduates displays his/her allegiance to WVU through professional integrity, community service, and preservation of WVU traditions. These individuals have given tirelessly to make WVU a better, stronger university,” said Steve Douglas, president and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association.

“It is our honor to lift up their extraordinary commitment to WVU.”

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