ATHENS — Scot Morrissey has been named publisher of The Albany Herald, Southern Community Newspapers Inc. Executive Vice President Mike Gebhart announced.
In his new role, Morrissey, who has been the publisher of the Athens Banner-Herald and OnlineAthens.com for nearly 10 years, will oversee all operations of the Albany newspaper. He plans to start at The Herald April 2.
“I am more than excited about the opportunity to help grow not only The Herald but to become stronger partners in serving and growing the Albany community,” Morrissey said. “I hope to uphold the proud journalistic tradition of The Herald and AlbanyHerald.com. I will also help grow us into the ever-expanding digital and social online worlds for both readers and advertisers.
“I am eager to partner with the great efforts that are working to grow and revitalize the core of Albany’s downtown and dive into helping partner with the agencies and service organizations that support our communities.”
Before his tenure with the Athens print and digital publications, Morrissey was publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, Ark., in addition to working for two other papers in the Morris chain. He has two sons who attend the University of Georgia and an adult daughter — and two grandchildren — who live in the Midwest.
Morrissey has served as chairman of the United Way of Northeast Georgia and in other leadership roles in the organization over the past eight years. He also served as Heart Walk chair for the American Heart Association and has been on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
Though he has strong ties to Athens, Morrissey said he’s looking forward to becoming part of the Albany community.
“I am proud of the work we have been part of in Athens in the past decade of serving and growing our communities and associated service agencies,” he said. “Athens is an amazing oasis and will always hold a treasured spot in my heart.
“It is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make leaving Athens, the Athens Banner-Herald and OnlineAthens. The opportunity to take a leadership position in another regional media company was too good to pass up. Luckily it is not so far away that I can’t return for Georgia football and all of the other great amenities that this area offers.”
Gebhart said Morrissey will be a welcome addition to Albany and to the SCNI family of newspapers.
“Scot is a proven team-builder with an abundance of talent and, in his own words, a ‘cheerleader’ for those who work with him,” the SCNI vice president said. “Scot also has an extensive digital background, which I’m excited for him to share with our team. Scot will become part of the SCNI corporate operating committee.”
Morrissey said his specialty is helping publications shape their digital products.
“I said yes to the Albany position before I even knew where Albany was,” he said. “One, because I’ve never run into a group in this industry that is not made up of professionals. But I also love building teams, helping craft and shape products that can have an impact not only on the publication but on the community it serves.
“I also take great personal satisfaction in working with service agencies in the communities I’ve lived in. That’s my give-back. And I’m excited about getting involved in Albany and the development there.”
An avid outdoorsman, Morrissey said he is excited by the opportunities Southwest Georgia offers. He said he looks forward to quail hunting, which he did while growing up in Kansas, as well as bass fishing.