Following 22 years of dedicated service to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA), President and CEO Tim Williams announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.
The announcement came at the PNA's 86th Annual Convention Oct. 27 to 29 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Williams will stay on at the Association for several years, providing consulting and other services to the three companies and their boards of directors
"It has been an honor to serve PNA for the last 22 years; they have been the best years of my professional life. I have been privileged to be associated with the fine officers, members and an outstanding staff, who have all made my job rewarding and contributed to the Association's success," Williams said. "The selection of Teri Henning as PNA president will provide a strong transition for the Association staff as they tackle the challenges newspapers face in the future."
Henning, PNA's Senior Vice President, Association Services and General Counsel, has been named as the next president. She has worked at PNA for more than eight years, starting as media law counsel. "We are fortunate that Tim has agreed to stay on to provide services to the companies and our members. We all recognize the incredible contributions he has made to the Association and to Pennsylvania newspapers, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we help our members grow and respond to the changing industry in the coming years," Henning said.
During his tenure at PNA, Williams started and oversaw the growth of Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Services (MANSI), PNA's for-profit ad placement service. Under his leadership, MANSI grew into a business that places over $200 million in newspaper and online ad placements each year. PennSCAN, MANSI's statewide classified ad network; Pennsylvania NewsLink, a statewide press release service; and The Affordable 2x2 Network were all started under his direction as well.
Another of Williams' lasting legacies is PNA's headquarters at 3899 North Front Street in Harrisburg. The three-story, 24,068 square foot building was completed in November 1998 and formal dedication ceremonies took place on May 21, 1999. The wording of the First Amendment wraps around the building, signifying the purpose of the PNA. Williams was involved in every detail of the building plans and development.
Williams served as executive director of the Arizona Newspaper Association for three years before coming to PNA in early 1989. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and owned and operated several weekly newspaper properties in Missouri.
The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and online media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the interests of Pennsylvania newspapers, promote the importance of a free and independent press and provide a forum for critical and innovative thinking about the future of journalism and the newspaper industry. It has more than 300 newspaper and media members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.