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Murphy’s Law — Your MDDC Update with Executive Director Jack Murphy

By Jack Murphy

The MDDC Board of Directors has added three new members, and reconstituted the executive committee following the resignations of three board members, two of whom were officers.
Vice President Eric Lieberman has resigned from The Washington Post and Secretary Ralph Bush has resigned from Chesapeake newspaper. To replace them on the executive committee, Suzanne Fischer-Huettner of the Daily Record has been chosen as vice president, Ben Phillips of the Afro-American Newspapers has been named treasurer and Geordie Wilson of the Frederick News-Post has been named secretary.
The board officers comprise the executive committee. The committee works with the executive director on the day-to-day management of the association. The committee makes nominations to the board, as well as for honors such as the Hall of Fame and the Distinguished Service Award. The committee also functions as the finance committee and directs the association’s investments.
To fill Lieberman’s board seat, the board elected Post associate counsel Jim McLaughlin. To replace Bush, the board elected Chesapeake Publishing’s vice president and publisher, David Fike. Fike previously served two terms on the board and was president of the association in 2009.
Greg Bassett also has resigned from the Board of Directors, and Mike Kilian, the new executive editor of the Salisbury Times and the Delmarva Media Group, has been elected to replace him on the board.
In other personnel news at the board meeting, I have announced my intention to retire at the end of 2013. It's been my pleasure to serve as this association's director since May 2006.
President Paul Milton announced that the board will take advantage of the transition do a full review of the mission and functions of the association to decide on the future course. Milton said the board will consider all options in deciding how the association might evolve and change.
The association’s financial condition is very dependent on revenue from advertising sold in its three networks, the Classified Advertising Network, the 2x2 Network and the Daily CAN. The association’s finances have been stabilized by cost-cutting, and in the past two years it has returned to profitability. But the ad revenue future remains clouded.
Milton said that this would be the right time to give the association a full review.

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