Hensley leaving Danville, KPA to return to Schurz; two Special Elections now underway

Larry Hensley

From Schurz Communications

Larry Hensley has accepted the position of General Manager of Schurz Communications Inc.’s (SCI) Hoosier Times Group. He will begin his new role Monday, Feb. 26th.

Hensley, who is currently publisher of The Advocate Messenger in Danville, was recently installed as Treasurer of KPA/Kentucky Press Service for 2018 and is the elected director for District 14. KPA is working to fill both positions. The Treasurer’s position will be filled by a current Board member, as required in the Bylaws, and a special election will begin soon to fill the remaining term for District 14.

As general manager, Hensley will oversee the day-to-day operations of The Herald-Times in Bloomington, the Times-Mail in Bedford, the Martinsville Reporter-Times, the Mooresville Times and the Spencer Evening World group. He will report to Schurz Vice President of Publishing and Hoosier Times Publisher Cory Bollinger.

Hensley began his career in 2007 with Schurz Communications as the CFO responsible for the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Gaylord newspapers in northern Michigan. He also served as publisher for the PhoneGuide publications during that time, until he accepted the role of publisher of Schurz Kentucky properties in 2014.

After SCI sold the properties in 2015, Hensley continued to serve as publisher for The Danville Advocate-Messenger, The Stanford Interior Journal, and as VP of Bluegrass Newsmedia, LLC. He was also publisher of the Winchester Sun and the Jessamine Journal until November of 2016.

“I am happy to introduce Larry Hensley as the new General Manager of the Hoosier Times and welcome him back to Schurz Communications,” Bollinger said. “Larry is a solid leader with an engaging personality and diverse set of management skills.  Larry also has strong connection background which will, in his role as General Manager, strengthen the Hoosier Times team and increase Hoosier Times’ community engagement. “

“I’m excited to return not only to my home state, but to Schurz Communications and the great staff at the Hoosier Times group.” Hensley said.  “I’m looking forward working with the staff, as well connecting with the communities we serve.  I have a passion for quality community journalism and for serving those communities. I can’t wait to get started.”

“We at KPA wish Larry the best,” said KPA President Peter Baniak. “Since he was elected to the Board, he has been very involved and very supportive of the organization. We will miss him and wish him the best but we know he is excited to return to Indiana and to be back with Schurz Communications.”

 

KPA also in Special Election for District 13

KPA is also in the middle of a special election to fill the District 13 Board seat. That is required in the Bylaws when a person is elected Vice President. Kim Woods, who has been serving as District 13 Board member, was elected VP at the Winter Convention. Nominations for the remainder of that term through January 2020, is in process with a nomination deadline of Monday, February 12.

 

Kim Woods

Kim Woods resigns from the Herald-Leader

KPA Vice President Kim Woods, who has served the last four and a half years as advertising VP for HL Media/The Lexington Herald-Leader, has resigned from that position. She also has served as chairman of the KPA Ad Division and has been focusing on the advertising segment of the 2017 KPA Focus Plan. An email has been sent to those eligible to serve as KPA Vice President, using the Bylaws as guidance.

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