Mississippi Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Jason Scott and Digital Media Manager Rob Pettit were recently honored by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Central Chapter in Jackson. Both are employees in the Public Affairs Division.
Scott, of Jackson, received the chapter’s award for Emerging Practitioner of the Year. This award is given to a public relations practitioner who has five or less years of experience in the field and has exhibited outstanding contributions to the knowledge, skills and abilities of the public relations profession.
Scott, a native of Raymond, began his career at MDOT in 2014. Before joining MDOT, he was a field inspector with Engineering Service, a civil engineering firm based in Richland. He also served as Program Coordinator of the Mississippi Body Walk program through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Communications Assistant for the MSU Foundation, both in Starkville. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from MSU.
Pettit, of Ridgeland, received the chapter’s President’s Award, given by the PRAM President to a board member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in 2016. He served on the board as Vice President of Communication.
Pettit, a native of Madison, was also named President-elect of PRAM Central and Chapter Representative for the PRAM State organization. Both organizations are part of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).
After graduating from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a bachelor of arts degree in both Chinese and international studies, with an emphasis in East Asian studies and global business economics, Pettit represented Mississippi as a student ambassador at the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai.
Pettit has been employed with MDOT since 2013. He has a variety of work experience with government agencies, advertising agencies, non-profits, small businesses and corporations both in country and abroad in a bilingual setting.