Rusty Ferguson takes over as OPA President

Rusty Ferguson, publisher of The Cleveland American, took office as the president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1.
Ferguson, 49, will serve a one-year term. He succeeds Rod Serfoss, publisher of The Clinton Daily News.
Also taking office for the 2011-2012 term are Jeff Shultz, publisher of The Garvin County News Star, as vice president, and Gracie Montgomery, co-publisher of The Purcell Register, as treasurer.
Mike Brown, publisher of Neighbor Newspapers in the Tulsa area, begins a three-year term on the OPA board of directors on July 1. Other directors are Jeff Mayo, Sequoyah County Times; Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle; Dayva Spitzer, Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat; and Brian Blansett, Shawnee News-Star. Serfoss will serve a one-year term on the board as past president.
“We in the community newspaper business want to sound-off loud and clear that we are not going anywhere,” Ferguson said. “Our readership is strong. We are creative people who will continue providing hometown news like no one else does and continue to offer the best advertising buy for the dollar.”
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