Bean Hands Century Group Reins to Operations Chief Bush

By: E&P Staff

Toebe G. Bush was promoted to succeed owner Gerald A. Bean as president and CEO of Century Group Newspapers. Bean this week announced his retirement from active management, according to the Group’s Fontana (Calif.) Herald News.

Bean and his wife, Brenda, will retain ownership.

Bush, 59, has served as operations vice president for the publisher of the Herald News and five other community newspapers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, with a combined circulation of 104,000 copies. Based in Yucaipa, he will also serve as publisher of the Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror.

The Beans founded the company in 1987, after his 21-year career in daily newspapers. They bought the Herald News in 1990 from The Press-Enterprise Co., and Bean maintained his office in Fontana until 1996.

Bean, 67, is mayor pro tem of Redlands, is active in community and professional organizations, and was president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 2006.

While in high school, in 1957, Bean worked as a part-time sports reporter and printer’s devil for his hometown newspaper. He went on to become publisher of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star in 1979 and founding general manager of USA Today two years later, leading to the national daily’s launch. In 1984, he moved to Redlands as publisher of The Sun, in San Bernardino, and a regional executive for Gannett Co.

Bush was publisher of the Redlands Daily Facts for 15 years before joining Century Group in 2001. Earlier he had been with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, in Ontario, for 16 years, rising to the position of advertising director.

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