After more than a year serving as publisher of Summerville Communications Inc., Rebecca Alexander has announced she will be leaving her leadership role with the community newspaper company for a career opportunity out-of-state.
Alexander has been named the new publisher of Oxford News Media in the Oxford/Batesville area of Mississippi. She said she will most miss the friendships she’s established in the workplace.
“The people have been the best part of being here,” Alexander said. “I will miss the people at Summerville Communications, who are like family. Everyone brings their ‘A game’ and together have accomplished so much.”
Reflecting on her time at Summerville Communications, Alexander expressed sincere pride in multiple news and advertising team projects, everything from events such as the annual Prep Sports Awards and the Senior Health and Wellness Fair to publications such as “Lowcountry Best Times,” “Best of Berkeley” and the “Readers’ Choice” winners section.
Alexander praised the relationships she’s formed outside the office, including those within her Leadership Dorchester class, and her chance to participate in the class’s nearly-completed project, constructing an innovative STEAM lab at Summerville Elementary School.
“I will also miss the business community and my wonderful neighbors who are the best ever,” she said.
Alexander has been employed with Summerville Communications since April 2018 but is an 11-year veteran of its parent company, Evening Post Industries. She commenced her EPI career as internet director in Salisbury, North Carolina, before transitioning to the position of senior director of interactive Sales for EPI’s community group of newspapers.
“I have been so fortunate to grow and develop in my career at EPI,” Alexander said. “Since November 2008, I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented leaders at EPI.”
While solemn about leaving behind the bonds she’s formed in Summerville, Alexander expressed excitement over moving closer to her Tennessee hometown and having the opportunity to take the helm at a larger, daily print platform.
“I am excited to lead a community newspaper team as our industry changes,” she said. “It’s probably the most exciting time to make a difference. Also, going to Oxford/Batesville, Mississippi is going home. My husband and I are both from (the) Mid-South area, and we are looking forward to being close to family and long-time friends.”
Alexander will serve in her current publisher position through the end of the month.