Leonard Woolsey was named publisher of The Galveston County Daily News on Monday. He will report for duty the first week in January.
Woolsey will succeed Patrick Graham, who operated the newspaper since August 2011. Graham resigned.
Woolsey, 51, joins The Daily News from the Times-Georgian in Carrollton, Ga., where he served as president and group publisher for a group of newspapers and magazines around the Atlanta market. He has worked for the Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Ky., since 1995.
“I am very excited to join The Daily News and work alongside a very talented staff who serve the Galveston County community,” Woolsey said.
Previous to joining The Daily News, Woolsey managed newspapers in a wide variety of markets — both large and small. But regardless of size, Woolsey insists each newspaper focus on its local communities first.
“Newspapers are blessed to be chosen by their readers to represent and serve their communities — and that trust must be earned each and every day,” he said.
“It is my goal for The Daily News to be nothing short of the very best newspaper possible for Galveston County.”
Woolsey and his wife, Maryrine, have two adult children who attend college in Georgia.
“My wife and I are thrilled to come to Galveston County and make our new home here,” Woolsey said.
“Blessed with breathtaking beauty and a tremendous variety of opportunities, we can see why this is such a gem of a community for so many.
“I simply can’t wait to get involved and make a difference.”
Dolph Tillotson, executive vice president of Southern Newspapers Inc. said: “I’ve known Leonard for a number of years, and I think he’ll be a great fit to run one of Texas’ most historic newspapers.
“He’s a good man, a good family man and a good newspaperman. He’s also someone who believes in the power of community newspapers to serve. People in Galveston County will like this man, but even more importantly, they will respect him.”