After nearly 40 years in the communications industry, Andy Polansky ’83 is set to retire in June, at the top of his game.
But before he does, the chairman and CEO of IPG DXTRA and executive chairman at Weber Shandwick will be honored with the Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication on February 23.
The award recognizes professional excellence in the fields of journalism, public relations, and the public sector and is part of the sixth annual Arthur W. Page Center Awards. The Page Center is a non-profit research and education center at Penn State that aims to integrate scholarly research with the practical needs of the public communication industry.
Polansky will be honored alongside Christiane Amanpour, chief international anchor at CNN, and Ken Chenault, chairman and managing director of the venture capital firm General Catalyst and former chairman and CEO of American Express.
“I am very proud to receive an award for integrity in public communication,” Polansky says. “Earning trust and successfully communicating with all stakeholders has never been more important in our increasingly polarized society. Empathy is one of the keys to establishing civil discourse so that we can find common ground and find solutions to pressing issues.”
A staunch supporter of TCNJ, Polansky and his wife, Maria ’83, established the Andy and Maria Polansky Fellowship in 2014, which recognizes TCNJ students enrolled in the School of the Arts and Communication who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a potential to make a difference in the communities they serve.
The Polanskys have also championed the college’s makerspace studio, which offers a range of materials and equipment including laser cutters, 3D printers, and a variety of other machines available for students to use. With this equipment, students can explore computer-aided manufacturing, create rapid prototypes, and learn the iterative processes of product design.
The Arthur W. Page Center Awards will be held virtually, is free, and open to the public. Registration is required.
— David Pavlak