Susan Leath, president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times since 2009, has announced her resignation and has accepted the position of president and publisher of The News Journal in Wilmington, Del.
Leath, 48, will leave the McClatchy Co. effective Oct. 18, according to Robert J. Weil, McClatchy vice president of operations. Weil issued a statement to employees Tuesday; CDT Executive Editor Chip Minemyer announced Leath’s departure to staff.
Minemyer will be in charge until a successor is announced, Weil said. He said that a search is underway for Leath’s replacement.
“We’ll all miss Susan’s leadership, her energy, her passion, her intellect, her drive,” Minemyer said. “But we understand that this is a great opportunity for her and wish her all the best. Wilmington is getting a great president and publisher.”
The News Journal is owned by The Gannett Co.
Leath joined the Centre Daily Times in July 2005 as director of advertising and marketing. She succeeded Adrian Pratt in 2009.
Before arriving at the CDT, Leath held advertising positions at the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News; The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun; WCJB-TV in Gainesville; and The Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla.
In her tenure as president and publisher, Leath said, her accomplishments included leading the Centre Daily Times and CentreDaily.com through the transition to the digital-first approach to both news and sales; winning the 2013 Keystone Press Awards “Sweepstakes” as the top-performing paper in news judging; serving on the board of directors for the Pink Zone, which raises funds for breast-cancer treatment and research in conjunction with the Penn State women’s basketball program; and working with the local business community and area leaders.
Leath, who has a degree in advertising from the University of Alabama, is married with three children.
“I’m proud of the work that we’ve accomplished in State College,” Leath said. “For me, it’s been about the talented team of dedicated employees who work hard every day on behalf of the community. The community has enriched my life and my family. It has been a wonderful place for me to raise a family.”
Leath will succeed interim Publisher Ellen Leifeld, who has been in that position since July, when Howard Griffin was named to a national sales position with Gannett, according to The News Journal.
In his statement, Weil said McClatchy was grateful for Leath’s contributions to the success of the CDT and wished her the very best.