At its 2020 annual board meeting, the NPPA board of directors elected a new president and vice president and adopted several resolutions. The meeting was Feb. 7-9 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, Georgia, where the association is headquartered.
One resolution, introduced by current Treasurer Kyle Grantham, changes the eligibility criteria and methods for electing future treasurers of NPPA. The position may now be held by a nonmember with financial management experience, and candidates will be vetted by the executive committee before the board’s vote.
“Ensuring a financial professional is handling this role will really help the organization in the future,” he said. “There will be far less on-the-job learning, financial filings and reviews will happen faster, and the organization can look to diversify its revenue sources because we’ll have someone in place who has a greater understanding of how these things work.”
Other resolutions passed included an update to NPPA’s business expense policies and another to shorten the time between the close of nominations and the beginning of elections for regional chairs and board members. Another resolution by outgoing Vice President Carolyn Hall launched an effort to craft a robust communications plan for the organization.
The board agreed to set into motion a review of NPPA’s annual awards. The Honors and Awards Committee will seek opportunities to celebrate the careers and professional examples of women and people of color by adding their names to several of these legacy honors.
Also at the meeting, the board reviewed and renewed the 2019 Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan. Lawyers Mickey Osterreicher and Alicia Wagner Calzada reported on a year of extensive advocacy work, and Best of Photojournalism Chair William Snyder updated the board on the state of the contest. The board also passed the budget for the 2020 fiscal year.
Bridget Fetsko, a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, was sworn in as NPPA’s student representative. Newly elected board members Marcia Allert and Brett Akagi were also sworn in.
At the end of the meeting, Andrew Stanfill was elected president, and Katie Schoolov was elected vice president. They both will serve one-year terms and are eligible for reelection. Marie D. De Jesús was reelected to the office of national secretary, with a two-year term.
“This board’s motivation to serve the membership was clear in their efforts over the weekend,” Stanfill said. “I’m honored to be elected to lead them. I look forward to a year of building on the initiatives that were put forward. We’re going to miss the leadership of Carolyn Hall and Melissa Lyttle on the executive committee. They pushed us forward in so many ways.”
“I’m honored to step into a bigger leadership role where I hope to make NPPA a more inclusive place for all members,” Schoolov said. “Having served on the board of directors for six years, I can say with confidence that the time is now: Our association is better positioned than I’ve ever seen it for shaping the future for visual journalists of all kinds. I can’t wait to be your voice, so please reach out and tell us what you want to see from NPPA.”
Andy Colwell will serve the remainder of Stanfill’s term as the regional chairs representative, and Zak Bennett will serve the remainder of Stanfill’s term as the Southeast region chair. With Schoolov’s board seat vacated, Josh Davis, who was the first runner-up for the video seat in the last board election, will assume her seat for the remainder of her term.
“Serving as NPPA’s president was the greatest professional honor of my life, and I feel I’m leaving things in excellent hands,” immediate past President Michael King said. “I can't wait to see what Andrew and our board continue to accomplish for visual journalists. I’m a better person for being surrounded by a board that helped me and pushed me and illuminated my blind spots,” King said.