Scott Schurz Jr., president and publisher of Advocate Communications, Inc., in Danville, KY, was installed as 2014 president of the Kentucky Press Association in January.
The association, in its 145th year, held its annual convention at The Hyatt Regency in Lexington, KY.
Willie Sawyers, publisher of the London Sentinel-Echo and Corbin Times-Tribune, turned the gavel over to Schurz. Other officers elected were Rick Welch, The Madisonville Messenger, president-elect; Loyd Ford, The Lake News in Calvert City, vice president; and Cheryle Walton, The Beattyville Enterprise, treasurer.
Schurz Jr. has been editor and publisher of The Advocate-Messenger since June 2006. He assumed responsibility for all Schurz properties in Central Kentucky on January 1, 2007. Besides the Danville newspaper, those properties include two weeklies, The Interior Journal of Stanford and The Jessamine Journal of Nicholasville, and another daily, The Winchester Sun.
He began his employment with Schurz Communications, Inc. in 1993 as a sports writer for The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind. In June 1994, Schurz became an advertising executive at the Associated Desert Shoppers in Palm Desert, Calif. He returned to South Bend, Ind., in February 1995 where he held various management positions for SCI, the South Bend Tribune, WSBT-TV, WSBT-AM and WNSN-FM. He assumed the role of general manager for special publications at the Tribune in February 2003. Two years later, in January 2005, Schurz became assistant publisher at The Advocate-Messenger.
His corporate responsibilities have included the SCI board of directors, the SCI Acquisition Committee, the SCI Governance Committee, the SCI Audit Committee and the SCI Strategic Planning Task Force, of which he has served as chairman. He is a member of the Schurz Family Council and has served as chair of the Family Employment Committee. Schurz is president and director of Advocate Communications Inc., a subsidiary of SCI, and president and officer of the Advocate Brass Band. He has been both the in-house NAA Partners Program process guardian and the in-house United Way chairman at the South Bend Tribune.
Schurz has served locally on the Danville Library Inc. board, the Heart of Kentucky United Way board and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. He has also served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Press Association, currently President, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association board and the Inland Press Foundation Family Owners Committee. Schurz has served on the boards of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Connect. He is a graduate of the 2006-2007 class of Leadership Boyle County and a graduate of the 1996-1997 class of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka.
Schurz was born in Bloomington, Ind., on January 1, 1969. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts (1991) and a Master of Business Administration (2004) from the University\of Notre Dame. Schurz and his wife Stephanie have two children, Scott (Trey) III, 11, and Daniel, 9.