For a number of years, Max Wales was the only professor on the faculty with experience in the field of public relations and taught the few offerings in that area along with his regular advertising load. When Jack Ewan arrived in 1964, he gradually began to focus on public relations, developing the meager offerings into a full-blown and accredited sequence.
Ewan was responsible for founding the first Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at the University — also the first in the Northwest. Until his retirement in 1985, Ewan guided the public relations program in the journalism school to high-profile involvement both regionally and nationally. Dozens of prominent PR practitioners today owe a great deal of their success to his instruction.