Ben Phillips (center) was elected president of the MDDC Press Association’s Board of Directors. Here, he stands with MDDC board members Geordie Wilson, Karen Acton, Mike Kilian and Suzanne Fischer-Huettner.

Benjamin M. Phillips IV, president of The Afro-American Newspapers, was elected the new president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s Board of Directors at the group’s annual meeting Nov. 13.

In his first address to the Association’s membership, Phillips said he is looking forward to “working with the staff and board, to figure out common ground for growth.” An area that offers that potential and the focus of his one-year term as president would be digital products and using technology to attract and sustain readership, he said.

Phillips accepted the mantle of leadership—or in this case a gavel—from Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, who will become MDDC’s immediate past president when her term ends at the end of 2014. Her successor praised Fischer-Huettner and expressed gratitude for the excellent working relationship they established during the Association’s transitional year. The current president was also given an award for her dedicated service on behalf of the Association.

Also newly elected to one-year terms were Geordie Wilson, publisher of The Frederick News-Post, as vice-president, and Mike Kilian, executive editor of The Daily Times, as treasurer.  Karen Acton, CEO of Post Community Media, was re-elected as secretary.

Several persons were re-elected to three-year terms, including Ed Dulin, president / CEO of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA and David Fike, president of APG Chesapeake.  Current immediate past president, Paul Milton, assistant managing editor, targeted media of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, was also elected to a three-year term.

Founded in 1908, the MDDC Press Association counts all of the daily and most of the non-daily newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and D.C. among its active members.

The Association serves its diverse membership in areas of common concern, including, professional training and development, legislative representation, and First Amendment issues.