Robert L. Dilenschneider of Darien, who received his master's in journalism in 1967 from Ohio State, and founder and principal of The Dilenschneider Group, has been selected for The Ohio State University School of Communication's Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honored at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 12.

"We are honoring Bob Dilenschneider for a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments in the field of communications," Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, said. "As an internationally renowned expert on the art of communicating and a tireless advocate for excellence in the field, Bob is a role model for our students."

Dilenschneider spent 25 years at Hill and Knowlton, Inc. -- the last six as president and CEO -- before forming The Dilenschneider Group in October 1991. Experienced in a number of communications disciplines, Dilenschneider is frequently called upon by the media to provide commentary and strategic public relations insights on major news stories. He has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, consumer groups and minorities, among others.

Dilenschneider is widely published and the author of 11 books, including "A Briefing for Leaders," "On Power," "The Critical 14 Years of Your Professional Life," "Moses: C.E.O," "The Critical 2nd Phase of Your Professional Life," "50 Plus!--Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life," "A Time for Heroes," "Power and Influence: The Rules Have Changed" and his latest, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations."

Dilenschneider is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, and the Florida Council of 100, the Public Relations Society of America and the International Public Relations Association.