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University of Missouri Director of Communications Scott Charton

April 1, 2008

Scott Charton, Director of Communications for the University of Missouri System since 2005, is leaving the University to form his own communications and consulting company, UM President Gary Forsee announced Monday afternoon.
“Scott Charton has been an integral part of the University of Missouri leadership team for three presidents. His wise counsel, rich experience and vast Missouri knowledge and contacts have been of tremendous service to the state and our institution,” President Forsee said. “On a personal note, I deeply appreciate Scott’s tireless support and advocacy of my presidency since I came on board. Scott and the University will always be good friends, and the Board of Curators and I wish Scott every success as he embarks on an exciting new enterprise.”
Charton, 46, first worked as a communications consultant for the University after a distinguished two-decade career as a journalist with The Associated Press, the world’s largest newsgathering organization, and before that in broadcast journalism. Charton was appointed in 2005 to oversee formation of the new Department of University Communications, with responsibilities including external communications on behalf of the Board of Curators and the UM System administration. His last day with the University will be April 30. On May 1, he will lead Charton
Communications & Consulting, a new company based in Columbia and Jefferson City.
“I very much appreciate the confidence placed in me by the Board of Curators and three presidential administrations to lead a wonderful team of communications professionals. Now I am excited about accepting
terrific new opportunities that have been presented to me,” Charton said. “I am particularly grateful for President Forsee’s tremendous leadership and vision. He will guide the University to new pinnacles of achievement in service to Missourians.”

Missouri well represented in D.C.

March 31, 2008

15 MPAers attend Government Affairs Conference in March

Missouri was well represented at the Newspaper Association of America’s Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., March 5-7. Fifteen Missouri newspaper people attended in addition to the NNA folks from Columbia. That was close to if not the most of any state represented.
Like last year, the weather cooperated, providing reasonably warm temperatures. The only challenge was the wind, which, on Saturday as we left (or tried to leave) closed Reagan National Airport.
Things were further complicated when the inbound plane that we were supposed to fly on encountered severe turbulence on approach. A flight attendant and one passenger were injured, and the plane was damaged to the point our flight was cancelled. That meant another long wait, a flight to Chicago where it was snowing, another wait, and finally the last leg to St. Louis, where we arrived about 11:30 p.m. That made for a long day for this old man.
The conference was good, with interesting speakers on Thursday, the traditional Capitol Hill visits Thursday afternoon, and tours/briefings at the State Department and the National Archives.
A highlight of the meeting was a session with Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy. Now 80, Mr. Sorenson is frail but sharp as a tack. He shared some insights into the Kennedy years, including the Bay of Pigs and the standoff with the Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba. He was also free with his thoughts on the current administration and the Democrat Party fight for the Presidential nomination. He supports Barack Obama, by the way.
We were not able to see all of our representatives and senators, but we did meet with Sen. Claire McCaskill. She came out into the Senate anteroom from presiding over the Senate and spent close to 30 minutes discussing current legislation, answering our questions and commenting on the race for the Democrat presidential nomination. McCaskill, if you recall, was one of the first in Congress to endorse Sen. Obama, and she is lavish with her praise for him. She did mention that she is taking considerable heat from women’s advocacy groups for not supporting Sen. Clinton.
In another area, the weather did not cooperate in February for the AP/MPA Day at the Capitol. Sleet and freezing rain covered the Jeff City area the night before and made travel treacherous. About 80 brave souls did make the trek, however. They heard Gary Forsee, the new president of the University of Missouri system, talk about his plans.
The group also heard from all of the statewide officeholders who could get to Jeff City: Att. Gen. Jay Nixon, U.S. Rep. and candidate for governor Kenny Hulshof, State Auditor Susan Montee and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Unable to attend the meeting because of weather were State Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
A wonderful lunch was served at the Governor’s Mansion, followed by comments from Gov. Matt Blunt. Then Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, House Minority Leader Paul LeVota and House Speaker Rod Jetton answered our questions.
The Government Affairs Conference and Day at the Capitol are two ways we can work with our elected officials to bring our message of open government directly to those who can make a difference. Plan to attend one or both of these important events next year.

You’re part of something great!

January 29, 2008

 People across the country have contacted me about the “splash” in last month’s Missouri Press News. All the folderol embarrasses me. I am just not cut out to be a parade leader. Working behind the scenes helping to make things happen is my preferred role. I don’t need, nor do I desire, lots of attention and/or accolades. So just discard the January issue and we will go from there.
Be that as it may, here I am writing another column, and I would like to make a point. If you sincerely believe I had good words to say last month, then follow through by joining my effort to increase involvement in this mighty organization. If you are not aware, we have one of the best state press associations in the country, and I want to keep it that way.
We will be organizing our committees shortly and will be gearing up for a really busy year. Whether your interest lies in legislation that the General Assembly is considering, or in increasing the amount of political advertising we can garner, the Missouri Press Foundation, or any of the other areas, take this opportunity to volunteer your services and expertise. We must have the help of the membership if we are to manage these areas properly. So let us know where your interests lie.
Speaking of participating, February is the month we all converge on Jeff City for the MPA/AP Day at the Capitol. This year we will meet on Feb. 21. But this year will also bring some changes. The evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20, will feature a reception for elected officials and their staffs. (Political advertising will be on the top of our topics list.) That will be followed Thursday morning with a 7:30-9:30 breakfast reception in the Capitol.
It will be a great opportunity to meet and greet representatives and senators prior to the official program later in the morning. That program will feature the new president of the University of Missouri system, Gary Forsee, as well as statewide officeholders. So mark your calendars and plan to attend this expanded event.
Also coming up before you know it will be the annual National Newspaper Association Government Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference is scheduled for March 5-7. Rumor has it the President (as in “of the United States”) may make an appearance.
As I said last month, we can increase participation in a number of ways: encouraging you to take advantage of services offered, participating in advertising programs, attending meetings, contributing to training sessions, joining committees and attending the annualconvention.
I suggest, for starters,that each member newspaper of the Missouri Press Association pick three of the above “Paths to Participation” and agree to increase its level of participation in those three areas. That will get us off to a good start.
If you think of another way that you can participate other than the above list, just let me know and I’ll add it to the participation election list. I can’t stress enough how important it is to all of us to have a strong state organization representing and supporting us.
Let me know what you think and what YOU see as important for the organization to address. I assure you, we will take your suggestions to heart and do our best for you.