SPJ, SDX Hire Terrence G. Harper as Executive Director
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation on Feb. 7 announced the hiring of Terrence G. Harper, an Indianapolis-based association executive, as the new executive director of the two organizations.
Almost 120 people applied for the job. Harper was the unanimous choice of a search committee, which interviewed five finalists at the organizations' headquarters in Indianapolis on Jan. 10-11.
Harper began working at the national headquarters, located at 3909 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis, on Feb. 26.
"Terry was selected from a very large and strong pool of candidates, and I am confident that he will provide the headquarters leadership that SPJ and SDX need to fulfill their missions in journalism," said SPJ President Al Cross, a political writer and columnist for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
Harper said he is ready to take the helm of SPJ and the SDX Foundation and help the organizations further their missions.
"I am excited to be a part of the nation's premier organization aimed at improving and protecting journalism," Harper said. "SPJ is poised to provide direction and leadership to its members on many of the important issues facing journalists today, not the least of which are freedom of information and protecting the First Amendment's guarantee of a free press. I am looking forward to working with SPI's dedicated volunteer leaders and talented staff to achieve the Society's goals."
Harper served as executive director of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and its endowment fund for nine years, from 1990-1999. He comes to SPJ and the SDX Foundation from the Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International Foundation, where he has been director of fund raising since August 2001. Harper previously worked as a financial advisor for UBS PaineWebber Inc. from 1999-2001.
"Terry has a wide range of skills and experience, especially in financial management and investment, that will prove most helpful to the Foundation," said Paul K. …