Elizabeth Hume Lind has been named president of The Daily Gazette’s board of directors, the company announced Monday.
She succeeds John E.N. Hume III, who will remain publisher of the Schenectady-based independent, family-owned newspaper. Hume will serve as vice president of the board, with William S. Hume serving as treasurer and secretary.
In other top management changes, the board named Judy Patrick as editor, a position John Hume has held since 1985. Patrick has been managing editor since May 2008. She is the first woman to hold the position of editor.
“As always, I’m grateful to the Hume family for the opportunities they have provided me, including this great new role as editor,” Patrick said. “The Gazette has a rich tradition of serving our communities in all sorts of ways. I’ve always been proud to be part of the tradition.”
Lind’s father, the late David C. Hume, was board president for seven years. Lind said that under her leadership The Gazette will continue to promote its role as a family-owned publication that provides in-depth coverage of local communities.
Lind, who had been vice president of the governing board since 1993, is retiring from her job as a regional manager with Eastern National, a cooperating association that supports the National Park Service by providing educational materials to visitors. Retirement, she said, will allow her the time needed to assume greater responsibility in leading the newspaper’s board.
Lind said one of her priorities as president will be to support The Gazette’s continued transition to a multi-platform media source.
The changes announced Monday will help The Gazette retain its core value of remaining a locally owned and managed publication, Lind said. The Hume family remains proud of the quality of journalism provided by The Gazette and its ongoing evolution as an online publication, she said. “Our goal is to keep the paper vibrant, within the family and locally managed,” she said. She extended particular credit to The Gazette’s general manager, Dan Beck, for his ongoing support during the leadership transition.
Lind said Hume’s final act as president was to name Patrick as his successor as editor. Hume, who now holds the title of editor emeritus, hired Patrick as a reporter in the Amsterdam bureau in 1982.
In the years since, she has worked as a reporter covering beats in Saratoga County communities, for The Gazette’s arts section and finally for the Sunday edition. She has worked as assistant city editor, first overseeing news from Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties and later assigned oversight of the Saratoga County news operation. She also worked as an editor in the Arts Department. Eventually, she was named day city editor and, in May 2008, was named managing editor, succeeding Thomas Woodman.
Patrick graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She majored in English literature. She lives in her hometown of Greenwich with her husband, Steve.
Her promotion to editor came as a surprise. “I never expected to be managing editor, much less editor,” she recalled. “I just wanted to write the news.”
Patrick’s promotion comes as the Women’s Press Club of New York State is poised to present her with the Excellence in Career Achievement Award, an annual honor presented to a person who has consistently inspired others with their work. Patrick also serves as president of the New York State Associated Press Association.