Communicating Lasting Impressions

Meet Public Relations Practitioner Nancy V. Mills, APR

Public Relations Practitioner Puts Passion to Work

When public relations practitioner Nancy V Mills, APR, gave birth to The Mills Agency in 1998, she was new to Houston. Blending her passion for education, expertise in school public relations and community relations, and strong networking skills, she soon learned there was a need for the agency.

Initially, The Mills Agency worked with public school districts, private schools and colleges in the Houston, Texas Gulf Coast region. As referrals grew, hospitals, nonprofits and city government joined the client roster.

 

From newspaper reporter to public relations practitioner

From an early age, Nancy had a nose for news. In high school, she was a featured columnist for the local newspaper, sharpening the essential skills of writing accurately and meeting deadlines.

This interest led the budding writer to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Alabama, studying journalism, PR, advertising and marketing. UA is among only a handful of colleges that has earned the Certification in Education for Public Relations from PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America.

After stints at four advertising, design and PR agencies, Nancy found her niche in school public relations and community relations. During nine years as communications director at St. Joseph’s Academy, she played a key role in increasing student enrollment by 42% and annual gifts by 212%. Her school public relations writing also contributed to the school twice garnering National Blue Ribbon School recognition.

 

Accredited PR Practitioner

A milestone in Nancy’s career came in 1993 when she became Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by PRSA. Maintaining accreditation requires regular participation in professional development, public service and volunteer leadership roles.

Nancy is a former Baton Rouge PRSA chapter president. In PRSA Houston, she serves on accreditation readiness review panels and encourages future public relations practitioners.

 

Strategic Partnerships

Nancy feels blessed to have worked with a host of talented writers, designers, photographers and other creative wizards throughout her career. These strategic partnerships have endured, enabling The Mills Agency to offer its clients a full complement of PR marketing services. View our work or contact us to learn more.