DURHAM, NC – Scott Utterback, vice president of the National Press Photographers Association, resigned from his office today, NPPA president Tony Overman told the board of directors.
“It is with deep regret that I must announce that Scott has resigned for personal reasons,” Overman wrote to the board. “Please understand that this is not a decision that Scott made lightly.” Utterback is a photojournalist for WAVE-TV in Louisville, KY.
“I’ve worked with Scott for many years on the board of directors and finance committee, and now the executive committee,” Overman said. “He is a terrific leader who took over the president's role during my six weeks in Iraq. For that alone, he is a hero to me. I greatly appreciate the time and leadership Scott has given to NPPA.”
Utterback told News Photographer magazine tonight, "My regret runs deep and my desire to help is still strong, but personal matters require my mind and heart to turn away from the organization I love.
"I am dealing with some personal challenges now that require a lot of my attention," Utterback said. "I don't feel like I was being fair to NPPA because they need six strong members on the executive committee and I was not pulling my weight. I did not foresee any of these problems occurring or I would not have run for office. I understood the time commitments and really believed I could help move this organization forward. Everyone's support has been appreciated and hopefully I will be able to bounce back stronger than before."
NPPA past president Alicia Wagner Calzada told News Photographer, "Scott has always been a positive force and a voice of reason within the NPPA. It is a loss to the executive committee, but I wish him the best and respect his decision."
Overman said today that the NPPA’s bylaws call for the board of directors to elect someone to fill the remainder of Utterback’s term. “Denny Simmons, who currently serves as nominations chairman for national offices, has agreed to oversee the nomination process for the special election.” Simmons, of the Evansville Courier & Press, is an NPPA board member and the director of Region 4.
NPPA national secretary Sean D. Elliot said that after Simmons provides him with candidates for the vice presidency, statements from the candidates will be distributed to the board of directors. Elliot will then provide official paper ballots to board members, who will vote on a candidate and return the ballots to Elliot. He will count the ballots and certify the vote and then announce the election’s result.
Utterback is a veteran photojournalist with more than 14 years of experience. He was elected as the director of NPPA's Region 4 in 2003 after being appointed associate director to fill a vacancy. His television news career started in Kingsport, TN, before working in Lexington, KY, and Knoxville, TN, before WAVE-TV in Louisville.