Paul Neely is the former publisher of The Chattanooga Times, a position he held from 1992 to 1999. He had previously been a reporter and editor at the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY, and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. He went to Chattanooga as managing editor of the paper in 1983. He is a past president of the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. He retired from the Times shortly after it was sold and now devotes his time to civic and educational activities. In Chattanooga, he has been board chair of the United Way and the Hunter Museum of American Art. He was project director of the Chattanooga Regional Growth Initiative, and he has served on the executive committee of the Tennessee Aquarium, the Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (affordable housing) and as a member of numerous other non-profit boards. In 2002, he was named Chattanooga Philanthropist of the Year. At the state level, he has been a member of the Commission on the Future of the Tennessee Judicial System and was a non-lawyer member of the Court of the Judiciary, the body that disciplines judges for unprofessional conduct. In 2005, he served on the Governor’s Citizen Advisory Committee on Ethics in Government. He is a past member of the Coalition for Justice, a committee of the ABA and was a trustee of Williams College and the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington. He is currently a trustee of the Clark Art Institute and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is past chair of the Smithsonian National Board and has served on two committees of the Board of Regents. Mr. Neely resides in Scottsdale, AZ, and Williamstown, MA.
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