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Cecil Staton to GPB Board

Former GOP lawmaker involved in pseudonymous email scandal in 2011 also succeeded Chip Rogers, controversial GPB radio host, as CEO of hotel association.

Screenshot of Gov. Brian Kemp press release announcing appointments to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Lawmaker and USG Figure

Staton was first elected to the state senate in 2004, served until 2014, and was then appointed to a Vice Chancellor position within the University System of Georgia by Chancellor, and former lawmaker, Hank Huckaby. Staton was appointed interim president of Valdosta State University a year later.

Conservative Publisher and Media Owner

Staton was Founding President of Smyth and Helwys, a private Macon publishing house named for early Baptist church figures, while simultaneously serving as Associate Provost and Publisher at Mercer University Press in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Chancellor

In 2016 Staton was named Chancellor of East Carolina University serving three tumultuous years.

Continued Emphasis on Sports

The other new GPB commissioner is Turner Sports executive Chris Brown suggesting continued emphasis on high school football as part of the state network’s programming.

Confirmation

All new commission appointments are subject to confirmation in the state senate, Staton’s old body. Barring any special session, the senate won’t meet again until Jan. after the gubernatorial election.

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Atlanta writer and comedian. Occasional citizen journalist. Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 40. No relation to Steve.

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Atlanta writer and comedian. Occasional citizen journalist. Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 40. No relation to Steve.