IHSPA, Franklin College name new director to replace Diana Hadley

Franklin College and IHSPA have selected Ryan Gunterman as the new executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association.

Ryan Gunterman, pictured, is replacing Diana Hadley as IHSPA’s executive director. Hadley is retiring after 13 years in the position.

Most IHSPA advisers already know Ryan as a strong supporter of IHSPA. He received the Ella Sengenberger Adviser of the Year award and served as IHSPA board president early in his career. He received recognition as a Dow Jones Distinguished Adviser, JEA Rising Star and Ball State Journalism Workshops Hall of Fame.

Ryan advised three Indiana High School Student Journalists of the Year. One was named the national JEA Student Journalist of the Year, and another was a runner-up.

Ryan’s 14 years of experience include three schools representing three divisions of IHSPA enrollment: Orleans Jr.-Sr. High School, Bloomington High School North and Columbus North.

He has taught journalism workshops at Indiana University, Ball State University and the University of Kansas. He has been an adjunct at IU Media School since 2014.

Ryan says: “It’s an absolute honor to be the next IHSPA Executive Director. I got my start in this organization when I began advising in 2003, and I owe much to IHSPA and its members. I realize that I have some big shoes to fill coming into this role, but that only motivates me to do everything I can to ensure Indiana scholastic journalism continues to be the best in the country. We are going to continue the fight to pass the New Voices legislation and convince the department of education that journalism is the best way for our students to gain those 21st century skills so desperately needed in our society. But most importantly, IHSPA will continue to be there for our students and their advisers with anything they may need and at anytime they may need it.”

Although Diana Hadley will continue to be available officially through June 30 and after that as an IHSPA supporter.

Ryan is eager to get started and encourages anyone to email him at ryangunterman@gmail.com with ideas about how IHSPA may best serve them.

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