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NPPA names next executive director

October 5, 2010 Blog, National News 1 Comment
courtesy nppa.org

Courtesy nppa.org

DURHAM, NC (October 4, 2010) – Following a unanimous vote of confidence from the National Press Photographers Association’s board of directors, the organization’s long-time membership director Mindy Hutchison has been named NPPA’s new executive director.

Jim Straight, who’s been NPPA’s executive director since May 2007, has accepted an offer from the American Diabetes Association to be their new executive director of eastern North and South Carolina.

“I’m ready for the challenge of leading NPPA’s staff through this reorganization,” Hutchison said today. “We’re motivated to find the best ways to recruit, engage, guide, and utilize volunteers. We know that visual journalists are exceptionally busy these days, and if they’re taking time to help NPPA we want to see their efforts come to fruition.”

Straight told News Photographer magazine today that his decision to leave “was a really hard choice.”

“I love NPPA and my time here, but my roots are in healthcare non-profits and an opportunity presented itself to serve people with diabetes and hopefully to help prevent others from getting the disease. I felt compelled to go in that direction. But I do want to stay involved in NPPA, as a volunteer, because I think it’s a mission that’s important.”

“Mindy has been my second in command over the past three years, she knows NPPA better than I do, and she’s a natural leader who truly cares about the members and the mission. The decision to leave would have been a lot more difficult to make if Mindy had not been here to step in. She has a lot of drive, and we all expect her to really hit the ground running.”

Hutchison will assume the leadership role beginning October 23.

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