Alan English has been named publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat and, succeeding Rick Fahr, who left on Aug. 17.

English, a 25-year veteran of the media industry, is vice president of audience at The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, responsible for product development, marketing, new media and news. He joined The Chronicle in 2009 as executive editor after serving as a top editor at The Times, Shreveport, La., since 2000.

"I’m thrilled to be joining the team in Conway. I can’t wait to be involved in the community and to work together delivering even more impact and results for our customers in all our products," English said.

English starts Nov. 1 and will report to Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group, LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. The parent company is based in Augusta, Ga.

"We were fortunate to have a lot of people interested in this position, which I think is a testament to the newspaper and the community," Simpson said. "But Alan was by far the best candidate and I’m glad he has accepted. It’s great to promote someone within the Morris company."

English says he’ll first get out learning about the community while he begins work on some immediate opportunities for advertisers and readers. His editorial mantra is "challenge and celebrate," which means "to be the community watchdog while also bringing attention to the positive achievements and community moments."

"Conway has launched some innovative ideas for the company. We’ll expand on that to help move local ideas and commerce forward," English said.

English recently was re-elected to the Associated Press Media Editors board of directors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and also attended the University of Tennessee prior.

Interim publisher Jeff Wilson, who is assisting in the transition, will be returning to Athens, Ga.