The long-time publisher of the University of Georgia’s student newspaper, The Red and Black, issued a statement late Thursday about his decision to step down.
Harry Montevideo and the paper’s board reached an agreement Wednesday that he would leave after 30 years at the helm.
In an email to Georgia Public Broadcasting, Montevideo echoed what board members said earlier in the week. He said the decision was based on the changing digital environment in journalism.
“While I wouldn't trade my years at The Red and Black for anything, I, along with the Red and Black board of directors have agreed that now is an opportune time to [reevaluate] the management structure to insure it is in sync with the rapid changes in the media landscape,” wrote Montevideo.
He went on to say he wishes the publication well.
“I've pledged my complete support to The Red and Black board and staff, to assist in any way possible with this transition and to insure the continued success of one of the nations most outstanding student media companies. My sincerest thanks to the thousands of students with whom I have the chance to work with through the years and then see succeed within the media business as well as outside of it.”
Board member Chuck Reece said they have not set a timeline for finding Montevideo’s replacement. The paper’s Advertising Director, Natalie McClure, will serve as general manager until a decision can be reached.