Gary Bridgens, 2015–2016 vice president of Chapter development, is a senior student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He studies strategic communications with a concentration in political science and will graduate in May of 2016.
Bridgens is a four-year member of PRSSA. He has helped raise and manage Chapter funds and has researched and planned effective programming in his roles as the treasurer of both the St. John’s University and Hugh M. Culbertson Chapters. Under his leadership, Scripps PRSSA reached peak membership and funding. Bridgens has attended four national PRSSA events, including two National Assemblies and two National Conferences; he presented a Chapter development session in Washington D.C. in 2014.
On campus, Bridgens has worked as an account executive in the Ohio University nationally affiliated, student-run firm, ImPRessions. He has also done freelance public relations work and blogging for multiple student organizations, including a political publication and an on-campus entertainment communications group.
As the vice president of Chapter development, Bridgens looks forward to working with PRSSA members all over the country to help make their Chapters the best they can be. He hopes to communicate with and learn from all PRSSA members, not just Chapter leaders.
Bridgens’ interests include traveling and thrill seeking, reading, cooking, culture commentary and politics. He also loves to spend time with his close friends and family members. Bridgens’ future is uncertain, but he hopes to one-day work in a capacity where he knows he’s making a difference in someone’s world.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet