- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Sun Herald is looking for a new president and publisher.

After 36 years in the news industry, Glen Nardi on Thursday announced his retirement, effective March 31.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Sk3gDn) Nardi arrived at the newspaper six years ago as South Mississippi was building back from Hurricane Katrina. He led the transformation of the newspaper into a digitally focused media company and launched Velocity, a digital advertising agency focused on providing digital advertising solutions to local advertisers and businesses.

“What’s clear is our future is digital. It is for all media companies,” Nardi said. “We’ve been able to move toward that future in a deliberate but orderly way.”

Nardi, 65, is a graduate of United States Naval Academy and served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1980. He then began his news career at the Miami Herald and rose through management ranks before becoming senior vice president of operations at San Jose Mercury News in 2004. A year later, he became president and publisher of the Bellingham Herald in Washington before coming to the Sun Herald.

“I feel fortunate to have worked for three outstanding organizations over the past 43 years,” Nardi said. “The U.S. Navy, Knight Ridder and McClatchy have all served the public interest in important ways. It has been especially gratifying to work with so many talented and dedicated colleagues.”

During his time as publisher, the Sun Herald has undertaken investigations into the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, the Jackson County sheriff, the purchase of land for an aquarium in D’Iberville and most recently the Singing River Health System pension.

“Under his leadership the Sun Herald moved quickly and successfully to position itself as a digital news and information leader,” said Pat Talamantes, McClatchy’s president and chief executive officer. “I cannot emphasize enough the contributions that he has made as a leader of our employees and ambassador to the people of communities he has served.”

He and his wife, Holly, plan to stay in South Mississippi after his retirement, although visiting their 15 grandchildren will require a fair amount of travel. Nardi said they have found the area a great place to live, “and it appears to be a great place to retire.”

A search for his replacement has begun.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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