George B. Irish, the head of Hearst's newspaper division who announced his retirement earlier this week, is next in line for the NAA chairmanship seat. It's currently held by McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt. The changing of the guard occurs during the NAA's annual convention in the spring. This year, San Diego is hosting the meeting in April.
Now that Irish is out at Hearst, who is going to fill the position? When I asked the NAA, they said the matter is under discussion. It's newish territory for the association: they said it's hard to track but certainly within the last decade this has never happened.
Typically, the vice chairman, which Irish is now, takes the chairmanship the following year. Here is NAA's current executive committee:
- Chairman: Gary Pruitt
- Vice Chairman: George Irish
- Secretary: Mark Contreras, E.W. Scripps
- Treasurer: Michael Reed, GateHouse Media
I don't think they want Pruitt to stay on another term. He apparently didn't bother writing some of the monthly newsletter columns that the president is supposed to write:
One of the duties of chairmanship of the Newspaper Association of America is to write a monthly column in organization's magazine. As chairman, Gary Pruitt now has that honor. For several months though his column has been absent from those pages...