Deaner to Retire as Ohio Newspaper Association Executive Director at Year?s End

By: E&P Staff

Frank Deaner, the Ohio Newspaper Association’s executive director since 1990, will retire as of Dec. 31.

Deaner announced his plans at ONA’s board of trustees meeting recently in Sandusky, Ohio.
ONA President Dick Morris said the board accepted Deaner’s letter of retirement “reluctantly.” He will chair a search committee that has been appointed.

In his letter to the board, Deaner noted that Oct. 22 will mark his 20th anniversary as executive director and “for several reasons the time is right for such a transition, both for the association and for myself.”

Deaner added, “I can state, without any hesitation, that this has been the most rewarding and positive experience in my professional career. It has been an honor and a pleasure to represent ONA and to work with all of the people involved with ONA over these 20 years.”

During  Deaner’s tenure, he founded the Ohio Coalition for Open Government; coordinated a 2004 statewide public records audit that led to major changes in the state’s Public Records Act; tripled the endowment of the Ohio Newspapers Foundation; and established a new membership category for college newspapers.

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