HSPA board members move to officer slots

Dave Eldridge
Dave Eldridge
Terry Ward
Terry Ward

The Hoosier State Press Associ­ation Board of Directors approved several changes to its membership at the group’s April meeting in Indianapolis.

Two members moved into officer positions and will rotate to the role of president of the board in the coming years.

Terry Ward, chief operating officer for KPC Media Group, accepted the role of secretary of the board. Ward joined the board in 2013 and is a member of its promotional committee.

With editorial and business offices in Kendallville, Auburn, Angola and Fort Wayne, KPC publishes three daily newspapers, the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and other products.

Dave Eldridge, publisher and regional manager of Landmark Communications properties, became treasurer of the board.

Eldridge manages four Landmark properties in southwest Indiana, The Perry County News (Tell City), Tell City Web Press, The Spencer County Journal Democrat (Rockport) and The Mount Vernon Democrat. He also has charge of another Landmark property, The Vandalia Leader Union, and their printing plant in south central Illinois.

Eldridge, who joined the board last year and is part of its promotional committee, is a past president and board member of HSPA’s counterpart in Kentucky.

The HSPA Board of Directors also accepted the resignation of two members.

Randall Shields, vice president for HNE Printing in Columbus, elected to step down. He has served on the board since 2012.

“Changes in my job responsibilities at HNE Printing require me to step away from the board,” Shields said. “I will miss the good people directly involved and the good work we do.”

Andy Eads, who joined the board last year, also tendered his resignation.

Formerly a publisher for Paxton Media Group, Eads recently accepted a new position with Keyflow Creative, a division of KPC Media Group. He will work as consumer and digital sales manager.

“Andy will lead our digital business development staff and help us further drive our consumer marketing efforts,” said Ward, who hired Eads.

HSPA wishes Shields and Eads the best in their career moves, said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel.

“Indiana newspapers are fortunate to have their expertise and insights,” he said.

The HSPA board will seek replace­ments for the two vacated seats.