Fordham University has kicked off an open PR agency search through mid-July.

The 169-year-old Jesuit school based in New York issued an RFP for an agency of record for a one-year contract asking for a media relations plan to assist its news and media relations with publicizing the university, faculty and achievements.

Source Communications of New York is the incumbent and has been invited to pitch. Standard retainer is $5K/month.

Fordham, which is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $500M by its 175th anniversary in 2016, said its key goal of the PR effort is national coverage in legacy and new media. “Positive publicity serves to drive student enrollment, fundraising and faculty recruitment,” reads the RFP.

Fordham counts 14,700 students in four undergraduate colleges and six graduate and professional schools.

Proposals are due by July 15 with a contract expected to begin by mid-August.

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