The Professional Award is the highest recognition given by the Association for Communication Excellence to one of its members.
J. Faith Peppers has served in many leadership positions within the Association for Communication Excellence, contributing to the excellence of our profession, actively presenting at multiple conferences, and engaging with our Learning Communities.
Peppers has supported her colleagues and team members to engage with ACE and provided resources for them to participate. She also has earned a national reputation as an advocate for agriculture, the land-grant system, and communicators.
During her ACE presidency, Peppers worked closely with the deans in the Administrative Heads Section of APLU to secure a permanent seat for an ACE representative on the governing boards’ Communication and Marketing Committee. The ACE rep will advise national communications efforts for the land-grant system. This effort moved ACE and the communicators at all of our institutions to the leadership table in these crucial efforts, creating a lasting legacy of value for ACE to our national system.
After her initial three-year term, Peppers was asked to remain on the committee for another term to lead and implement sections of the committee’s Plan of Work, leveraging the collective power of local communicators within the land-grant system to amplify the national system priorities; to develop and deliver issues management and communication training for new deans and directors; and to help bridge the communications connection between local institutions and the national land-grant system.
At her own institution, the University of Georgia, Peppers coordinates public affairs programs including issues management, legislative communication, crisis communication and strategic messaging; advises college administration and leads strategic communication initiatives; serves as college spokesperson; teaches training for internal and external audiences; and conducts applied communications research.
Peppers’ contributions to ACE have been many. She served on the ACE board of directors, assuming the office of president from 2012-2013. She was on the ACE Media Relations Made Easy train-the-trainer workshop planning committee, also serving as host committee chair and sponsorship co-chair. She served as ACE Southern Region director from 2006-2009.