Miss America taps women for top leadership spots after scandal


The Miss America Group is placing women in its three top leadership positions following an electronic mail scandal involving former male leaders of the scholarship group.

The group tells The Related Press it’s appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of the Miss America Group, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chairwoman of the board of the Miss America Basis.

Coupled with Gretchen Carlson main the Miss America Group’s board of trustees, the group is shifting on from the e-mail scandal with women firmly in cost.

“By placing feminine leadership in place, we hope to ship a robust sign.” Hopper informed the AP.

“We would like younger women to see Miss America as a spot the place they will come and profit and be empowered.”

Hopper, a former Miss Arkansas, lawyer and TV journalist, replaces Sam Haskell, whose emails concerning the mind, look and intercourse lives of former Miss Americas led to his departure and a revamping of the group’s top leadership in December. She is a former correspondent for CBS Information, the place she gained an Emmy for her work on the present 48 Hours.

Ex-leaders shared crass, vulgar feedback

The scandal started when the Huffington Put up printed leaked emails exhibiting pageant officers ridiculing previous Miss Americas, together with crass and generally vulgar feedback about them.

The emails included one which used a vulgar time period for feminine genitalia to seek advice from previous Miss America winners, one which wished {that a} explicit former Miss America had died and others that speculated about what number of intercourse companions one former Miss America has had.

Haskell declined to touch upon the brand new leadership.

Vincent-Tripp, who was Miss America 1991, previously served on the Miss America Board of Trustees. She is an assistant lawyer common in Florida, and previously labored as a TV journalist. As chair of the Miss America Basis, she is accountable for educating the general public concerning the basis’s values and constructing public assist.

Vincent-Tripp replaces Lanny Griffith, who together with MAO chair Lynn Weidner stepped down through the transition.

Gretchen Carlson, the previous Fox Information Channel anchor and 1989’s Miss America, was named chair of the Miss America Group’s board of administrators earlier this 12 months. She’s going to proceed as chair of the group’s board of trustees. (Andy Kropa/Invision/Related Press)

Carlson, Miss America 1989, was named chairwoman of the Miss America board in January after the e-mail scandal rocked the group. Her sexual harassment lawsuit towards Fox Information Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure.

Hopper mentioned she hopes younger women will notice that Miss America is now being led by women who’ve been by this system and have been helped by it, and that they’ll search the identical advantages from it.




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