Bakersfield Californian Associate Publisher Virginia Cowenhoven has joined the Inland Press Association Board of Directors.
Cowenhoven was appointed effective Jan. 17 to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sara Borton, who in December retired as president and publisher of The State Media Co. in Columbia, S.C.
She is the fifth-generation member in her family to take a leadership role at the newspaper her great-great grandfather, Alfred Harrell, purchased in 1897.
She began her career as an account representative for high-tech enterprises before joining the family newspaper as a strategic marketing executive in 2003. She was named associate publisher in 2014.