Pittsburgh comms. director to keynote annual student PR day at Edinboro


Griffith, 2022

The communications director at the largest sheriff’s office in Pennsylvania and a speed-networking session with top regional public relations professionals will highlight the 2022 Student Day, hosted by the Northwest Pennsylvania branch of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Edinboro University.

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, is open to all local college students interested in public relations, communications and journalism. Attendance at the event is free, but registration is required by emailing Thomas Taylor, president of Edinboro’s Public Relations Student Society of America.

Tony Griffith, communications director at the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office in Pittsburgh, will launch the event with his talk at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

“NWPA PRSA is delighted to be able to bring back an in-person PR Student Day this spring, and Edinboro University is happy to host it,” said Dr. Tony Peyronel, Edinboro’s executive director for entrepreneurial development and an NWPA PRSA board member. “College students from the area will have a chance to hear from one of Pittsburgh's rising young public relations practitioners and to interact with some of the top PR professionals in the region during the ever-popular speed networking session.”

The keynote will immediately be followed by a speed-networking session between students and more than 25 regional PR professionals.

"The Public Relations Student Day provides a valuable opportunity for college students to learn more about the field of public relations and communication along with networking with professionals working in the field," said Taylor, first-year graduate student in Edinboro's Communication Studies program. "This is great for students looking for internships and career opportunities after graduation since they are engaging directly with public relations professionals."

Griffith is responsible for managing all communications at the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, including media and constituent relations, graphic and web design, social media, public events and publications.

He was included in the 2019 class of "Who's Next" by The Incline, a digital news organization that identifies Pittsburgh's most successful young professionals. Griffith holds a bachelor's degree from Westminster College and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Policy and International Affairs.