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White Elected APA President At Board Retreat


The APA Board of Directors convened in their annual fall retreat at the Red Apple Inn near Heber Springs, elected Tom White, publisher of The Advance Monticellonian in Monticello as the 2018 president of the APA Board.


John Bland, publisher of The Times Dispatch in Walnut Ridge was elected vice president, while Rusty Turner, editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was elected second vice president.

The new officers will assume these positions on the board at the conclusion of the 2018 APA convention scheduled for June 27-30 in Eureka Springs.


Current APA President Byron Tate, publisher of The Sheridan Headlight, will continue to serve in that capacity until after presiding at the 2018 convention. He will then spend a year as immediate past president of the board.


Other board members include Ellen Kreth, The Madison County Record, Huntsville; Sue Silliman, The Camden News; Clark Smith, The Mena Star; Lori Freeze, The Stone County Record in Mountain View, and Eliza Gaines of WEHCO Media, Inc.


Present immediate past president, Nat Lea, will chair the nominating committee to select two nominees to fill vacancies on the APA Board. The nominating committee will likely meet in March. One of the vacancies was created by the resignation from the board by Jay Edwards, who left the newspaper industry, and the other by the spot being vacated by Lea at the end of his board tenure.


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