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Miss America gets new Chairman after Haskell resigns

The Miss America Organization Board of Directors has announced the election of Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, as the organization’s new Chairman after Mississippi native Sam Haskell resigned amid an investigation into lewd comments that were made about past Miss Americas.

The Board also approved the addition of Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Miss America 2012, Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, and Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998 to the Board as Directors.

Ms. Carlson, the new Chairman said that she and the new Board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management. She added that the new Board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women.

“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”

Most previously serving Directors have resigned from the Board. According to Dan Meyers, the interim Board Chairman, resignations from the Board were timed to ensure the organization had a continuing governance structure.

“It has been important to the Directors that incoming leadership be provided with what it needs to drive this American icon in a new direction.” said Meyers.

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