VPA to welcome new executive director

RICHMOND — As of 9 a.m. this morning, the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors has officially hired Betsy Edwards of Louisa, Va., as VPA’s new executive director.

Edwards was most recently Director of Communications for ChildFund International.

Previously she has served as Director of Development with Preservation Virginia and ACLU-Virginia; executive director for the Virginia Fair Trial Project; and marketing/public relations editor and writer for McGuire Woods LLP.

Edwards will begin Tuesday, May 17, working with Ginger Stanley and VPA staff for a smooth transition.

Stanley will retire on June 30, and Edwards will be executive director beginning July 1.

“The staff and I are excited to welcome Betsy into the VPA family,” Stanley said. “We will work hard over the next six weeks for a smooth and seamless transition. This is the perfect time for a management change as July 1 begins a new fiscal year, a new budget and a new board of directors.”

Edwards was selected from more than 60 applicants following a months-long hiring search.

"It is an honor to be able to work with the VPA board and staff to continue the important work that the association has undertaken for the past 135 years,” Edwards said. “Protecting the freedom of the press, providing access to government, and keeping newspapers strong and financially healthy will be among my top priorities."

Incoming VPA board president Anne Adams felt confident in the board’s decision. “I invite VPA members to join us in welcoming Betsy aboard,” she said. “This will undoubtedly be one of the toughest transitions for VPA in decades, as Ginger has dedicated her life to our organization and her leadership over nearly three decades has been tremendous. But the professionalism of VPA’s veteran staff, coupled with Ginger’s sound leadership and Betsy’s enthusiasm, will keep VPA operating smoothly as we mark the end of an era, and usher in a new one.”

Watch for more details in Virginia’s e-Press next week.

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