The publisher of Gannett's two small mid-Tennessee dailies is leaving for a marketing and public relations job at a state university, The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville reported today, in a story that does not say when -- or even whether -- he's being replaced. Andrew Oppmann, 47, also was publisher of The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro.
He joined Gannett Tennessee in May 2007, the paper says, "first splitting his time between Murfreesboro and The Tennessean in Nashville, where he was a vice president until adding his Clarksville duties in September 2008."
Carol Hudler, president of GCI's South Group newspaper division, and publisher of the Tennessean, told the Leaf-Chronicle: “We wish Andrew well in his new opportunity and thank him for his hard work and community service on behalf of Gannett Tennessee." She wasn't quoted about any plans for filling Oppmann's position.
The Clarksville-Mufreesboro position would be at least the second left open as a result of shifts within GCI. Last month, Corporate named Linda Greiwe the new publisher of Missouri's Springfield News-Leader, leaving unfilled her position as president of the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio -- a portfolio of smaller dailies.