Mark Dolan Elected NPPA Vice President

Mark Dolan (left) is NPPA's new vice president. Dolan will be replaced on the board of directors by Brad Pfranger (at right).
Mark Dolan (left) is NPPA's new vice president. Dolan will be replaced on the board of directors by Brad Pfranger (at right).

DURHAM, NC (April 29, 2013) – Mark Dolan was elected vice president of the National Press Photographers Association tonight during a special conference call meeting of the full board of directors.

Greg Smith and Dolan were the nominated candidates for the office, which was vacated by Todd Maisel when he resigned the post on March 23, 2013.

As dictated by NPPA's bylaws, the voting was done by NPPA's six elected board members, the three appointed board members, the Regional Chairs representative, and the student delegate. When the election results were known, NPPA president Mike Borland said, Dolan was immediately sworn into office.

"Mark Dolan has stood his ground for the rights of photographers in the past, and he's shown he'll do it again," Borland said after the election. "I'm thrilled to have Mark as vice president. He oozes ideas and has tons of energy to give."

As an elected board member, Dolan's seat would have expired in December 2014. Dolan will be replaced on the board by Brad Pfranger, an assistant professor for the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. xxx. He teaches basic broadcast news, field production, news videography and editing, and broadcast sports at WKU. Pfranger was one of the candidates in the November 2012 board election.

Dolan is an assistant professor of photojournalism at new media at the School of Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. He first joined NPPA as a student and has been an NPPA volunteer for many years. During his career he's been a staunch supporter of photographers' copyright and ownership of intellectual property. 

He was somewhat of a self-professed latecomer to photojournalism when he graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Florida at the age of 30. His college experience followed a wide variety of jobs which exposed him to everything from running a Navy radar system to picking watermelons to tending bar to working in oil fields. 

Once inside the Florida photojournalism world, Dolan worked as a staff photographer for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. After a stay as photography director for the Anchorage Times, he left Alaska for Syracuse University where he earned a masters degree from the Visual and Interactive Communications department at the S.I. Newhouse School.

Dolan then went to the Providence Journal where he was a picture editor until 1998, when he returned to Syracuse as a professor in the Visual and Interactive Communications department for eight years. To celebrate turning 50, Dolan traveled the country for two years documenting many of the people across America who have a passion for barbecue. His Web site,, still shares many of these stories.

Dolan gave up his barbecue pilgrimage to return to teaching at Southern Illinois University, and he was elected to the NPPA board of directors in 2011.