"The Bryan/College Station Eagle" will have a new publisher come January 24.
Jim Wilson has been selected to be The Eagle's next publisher and editor. Wilson currently serves as vice president and division manager for Community Newspaper Holdings, Incorporated. He is no stranger to the Brazos Valley. Back in the 1980s, he was The Eagle's advertising director.
The man he replaces is Donnis Baggett, who began at the paper more than ten years ago. Among his accomplishments, Baggett is responsible for launching "The Land and Livestock Post" and recently received a Katie Award.
Baggett said after he realized Forestry wasn't the major for him, he found what would keep his life interesting.
"I got involved in the college journalism program and fell in love with the newspaper business," Baggett said.
And he hasn't looked back since. He has been the publisher and editor of "The Eagle" since late December 1995. And he began to change what people thought about the paper.
WTAW and Infomaniacs' host Scott DeLucia said prior to Donnis Baggett, "The Eagle" needed more to service its community.
"They were not the keeper of the word in Bryan-College Station," DeLucia said.
Baggett quickly identified the paper's weaknesses. He said at that time, the paper needed a lot of reinvestment, equipment, software, and people.
With over 30 years of newspaper experience, knowledge and a recognized reputation, Baggett increased the staff and upgraded the printing quality. More importantly, he improved the paper's community involvement.
"That's been very gratifying as publisher, and I hope to continue that involvement as editor-in-chief," Baggett said.
The paper's renewed commitment to the community was something a media colleague was glad to see. KBTX-TV General Manager, Mike Wright was pleased to have an ally for the people of the Brazos Valley.
"We share our commitment to this community, and together, we know we can help bring about positive change," Wright said.
Even though Baggett will have another position at "The Eagle" as editor-in-chief, he said he will continue to encourage his staff to strive for excellence to meet the expectations of the people they serve. He says has seen the improvements himself, and knows they will be able to continue to build upon their accomplishments.
"I think 'The Eagle' is very strong," Baggett said. "And it's poised to become stronger and grow not only in circulation and revenue, but in journalistic prowess and excellence."