NPPA Executive Director Deale To Depart; Search For Successor To Begin In Late January

NPPA executive director Chip Deale
NPPA executive director Chip Deale

ATHENS, GA (January 4, 2016) – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) announced today that Executive Director Charles ("Chip") Deale will depart the organization at the end of January.

Deale informed the association's leadership in recent days that he has accepted a senior-level position with the Financial Executives International (FEI) beginning in February. FEI is the trade association representing more than 10,000 finance professionals who serve in executive roles (chief financial officer, treasurer, controller, etc.) in the corporate, government and military sectors.

NPPA President Mark J. Dolan said the process to select Deale's successor will begin immediately, with the actual search (vetting and interviewing of candidates) expected to commence by month's end. Dolan has appointed a four-person committee to draft the language, subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors, for the job description and position advertisements.

Serving on that committee are NPPA National Secretary Michael King, board members Danese Kenon and Bethany Swain, and Mark E. Johnson of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (where NPPA is headquartered). Dolan emphasized that the actual search committee will be determined by the full board when it meets on January 23-24, 2016, at UGA.

During his two-year tenure as executive director, Deale began a wide-ranging revitalization of NPPA in response to significant contraction in the visual journalism profession that has, in turn, negatively impacted the 70-year-old association.

His initiatives included securing a partnership agreement with Grady College to relocate the association's operations from its long-standing offices in North Carolina; responding to the economic constraints of members by implementing flexible dues payment options; conducting comprehensive market research to determine members' and former members' expectations of NPPA; and collaborating with volunteer leaders to overhaul an information technology infrastructure that was impeding the effective operation of highly-valued contests.

For more information contact NPPA President Dolan at [email protected]