Madden and Savely named Co-Executive Directors of SCPA

Posted June 24, 2021

Jen Madden

Last week the S.C. Press Association Executive Committee named Jen Madden and Randall Savely Co-Executive Directors of the Press Association, effective July 23 when Bill Rogers officially retires.

Jen and Randall have a long-standing working relationship with the complementary skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead the organization. Both noted they’re excited to continue to work together for the good of the Association and our industry.

Jen will continue in her role as Chief Officer for Programs and Membership and will be responsible for member services, contests, training, events, communications, open government matters and lobbying. She will also serve as Secretary of the SCPA Foundation.

Randall will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer, with daily responsibilities for advertising, finance and operations.

“I think the Board made a great decision in hiring Jen and Randall. They’ve both been here for more than a decade and are dedicated to serving our members,” outgoing Executive Director Bill Rogers said. “This is a rare instance where naming Co-Executive Directors was the way to go.”

The pair is passionate about helping strengthen the Palmetto State’s newspaper industry, and serving the journalists, advertising professionals and others who power South Carolina’s 100+ newspapers. Jen and Randall believe in SCPA’s mission and have a shared vision for the future of the Association, Foundation and S.C. Newspaper Network (SCPA’s advertising division). 

Both have a long history with SCPA.

Randall Savely
Randall Savely

Jen has worked with the organization for 14 years, serving as Assistant Director since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she studied print journalism and political science.

Jen was born and raised in Florence, but moved to Mount Pleasant in high school. Though most of Jen’s career has been at SCPA, she’s been involved in newspapers since high school. In fact, that’s when she first met Bill Rogers!

Jen and her husband, Jeremi, have two spunky, strong-willed children, Grace (6) and Miller (1), who they adore, and a beloved rescue dog affectionally known as Ellie Puppy.

A native of Nashville, Randall joined the SCPA staff in Nov. 1999 as Manager of Press Services and has been the Director of Operations for both SCPA and SCNN since 2007. An innovative leader, Randall has led the combined entities to record profits during a very challenging time for the newspaper industry. He has an MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and a BS from Tennessee Technological University.

Randall is the proud father of Annie, a senior finance major at Winthrop University. They have a spoiled one-year-old Cockapoo named Theo.

The appointment comes after a unanimous decision from both the SCPA Transition Committee and the full Executive Committee.

“What’s better than one Bill Rogers? How about two?,” said Don Kausler Jr., regional editor for the Morning News, President of SCPA and Chair of the Transition Committee. “Jen and Randall have earned these promotions through years of exceptional performance. Bill has groomed each of them well for more responsibility. Their skills and experience made this an easy decision. The split of duties is natural. Jen and Randall have worked quite well together, and we’re confident that this will continue. I’m excited about the future of the SCPA, near and far.”