Wittig was among five public relations professionals honored during a ceremony at Mississippi State University. Other inductees were Neal W. Cirlot (posthumously), Diamondhead, Miss.; Betsie Gambel, New Orleans, La.; Carol A. Mann, APR, Mobile, Ala.; Charles "Chuck" Saucier (posthumously), Alexandria, La.
Wittig joined UAB in 1981. He is an acclaimed scholar, lecturer, and author who has published numerous books and journal articles. He received the Practitioner of the Year Award by the Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Communications Award from the Birmingham Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. In 1990, UAB’s PRCA student chapter was renamed the John W. Wittig Chapter in recognition of his leadership.