Leadership Changes at NSPA/ACP

For release Monday, June 10, noon CDT

CONTACT: David Therkelsen, 612/635-8335, director@studentpress.org

National Scholastic Press Association, and its Executive Director Logan Aimone, have mutually agreed to part ways. NSPA Board President Albert Tims said that both in his role at NSPA, and previously as a high school adviser in Wenatchee, Wash., Aimone has made important and lasting contributions to scholastic journalism. In particular, Tims said, Aimone has been a strong leader in the area of First Amendment rights for high school and college journalists.

NSPA has initiated a search for a new Executive Director, and hopes to identify one this summer. Meanwhile, the NSPA board has appointed David Therkelsen as interim director. Therkelsen previously served on the NSPA board and has extensive nonprofit management experience including as a former CEO of two American Red Cross field units and as an instructor and interim graduate program director at the University of Minnesota.

The Board of Directors also appointed three board members to serve as volunteer liaisons to key partner organizations during the transition:

Ann Visser, a journalism teacher at Pella Community Schools in Iowa, will be liaison to the Journalism Education Association; Ms. Visser is a past president of JEA.

Laura Widmer, a past president of College Media Association, will be liaison to that organization. Ms. Widmer is general manager of the Iowa State Daily.

Tim Dorway, principal of Chanhassen (Minn.) High School, will be liaison to members of the Minnesota High School Press Association. Mr. Dorway is a former high school journalism teacher and adviser.

Tims said these appointments assure continuity during the leadership transition. He said the organization has supported scholastic journalism through conventions, awards, critiques, and other programs for many decades and will continue to do so.

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Founded in 1921, NSPA is a membership organization supporting high school media – newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast programs and online media. The Associated College Press, a division of NSPA, was established in 1933 and provides similar services to college media organizations. The associations operate under a single board of directors and management. NSPA is affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication with offices in Minneapolis.

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