President of the Oklahoma Press Association
Rod Serfoss, publisher of the Clinton Daily News, took over as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1, 2010. He will serve a one-year term. Serfoss has been publisher of the Daily News for seven years and has served six years on the OPA's board of directors. Other officers serving for the 2010-2011 term are Rusty Ferguson, publisher of The Cleveland American, as vice president; Barb Walter, co-publisher of The Hennessey Clipper, as treasurer; and Gloria Trotter, co-publisher of The Countywide & Sun, as past president. Directors are Jeff Shultz, The Garvin County News Star; Jeff Mayo, Sequoyah County Times; Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle; Robby Trammell, The Oklahoman; Dayva Spitzer, Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat; and Brian Blansett, Shawnee News-Star. "With all of the new technology available there are many new frontiers on how we get the news to the people. That makes this an exciting time in the history of Oklahoma newspapers," said Serfoss. "There is a huge difference in the way the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World operate in comparison to the Sentinel Leader or the Clinton Daily News. But in spite of those differences we all share a common goal, informing the public in the communities we serve." Serfoss, who began his newspaper career as a paperboy for the Clinton Daily News in 1965, has served in all areas of the newspaper's operation. In 1983 he was named general manager of the Daily News and served in that position for five years before leaving for a three-year stint as general manager of the Sand Springs Leader. He returned to Clinton in 1991 as associate publisher and part owner of the Daily News, and was named publisher in 2003 following the death of Charles Engleman, who served as publisher for 63 years. Serfoss and his wife, Jody, have two children, daughter Amber Turney and husband Brandon and son Dr. Kyle Serfoss and his wife Katie. Between their children they have six grandchildren, with another on the way, who all live in Clinton.