Scott Announces Retirement From Oswego Newspaper


OSWEGO, NY – Paul R. Scott, publisher of The Palladium-Times since July 1, 2003, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2008. His last day of work will be Nov. 30.

Scott, 65, says this is a logical time to retire since the paper was recently acquired by a new owner. “I am looking forward to relaxing and enjoying some of my hobbies and Rotary-related activities,” Scott said. “The newspaper business today has become all-consuming,” he added, referring to the impact on media companies because of the national economic trends.

The Palladium-Times was acquired on Sept. 1 of this year by the Sample News Group, a Pennsylvania-based publisher which specializes in community newspapers, from GateHouse Media Inc. of Fairport, N.Y.

“We’re very excited about the investment we’ve made in Oswego and the changes being planned at the newspaper, said Kelly Luvison, new co-owner of the The Palladium-Times. “And while Paul’s experience and commitment to the paper will certainly be missed, we’re also happy that’s he’s in a position to wind things down over the next few weeks and to begin enjoying more time with his family and the other things he loves to do.”

Luvison said a new publisher has been named for the Palladium-Times, with an announcement forthcoming later this month.

Scott, who resides in Baldwinsville with his wife, Gladys, came to Oswego after a three-year stay as publisher of Cheboygan (Mich.) Daily Tribune. Prior to that, he was publisher of three weekly newspapers in Saugerties and Catskill, N.Y., from 1995 until 2000.

Before entering the newspaper business, Scott was director of marketing at North Coast Health Care, Cleveland, Ohio; overseas product manager of Oneida Ltd., Oneida, N.Y., Kiawah Island, S.C. as a PGA of America head professional.

Scott will become governor of Rotary District 7150 of Central New York on July 1, 2010. This year, he is serving as district governor nominee and assistant governor and will become district governor-elect on July 1, 2009.

On the Rotary Zone level, Scott is a faculty member of the Rotary Leadership Institute and a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Bequester. Scott also serves as district foundation chair of Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative and district chair of Rotary’s Leadership Institute.

Scott has been extremely active in the Oswego community during his tenure as publisher. He is a past president, secretary and member of the board of directors and Foundation of the Oswego Rotary Club and has been a member of the boards of directors of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Harborfestivals Inc.

“Paul Scott has immersed himself into the greater Oswego community with impressive results,” said Bruce Frasinelli, Rotarian and former publisher of The Palladium-Times. “It has been my pleasure to watch Paul as he has negotiated some of the roughest waters that newspapers have had in their history, and he has acquitted himself with distinction for his paper and its staff. It is my hope that his retirement is filled with the best that life can offer.”

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., Scott is a graduate of Potsdam High School, He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in economics, at St. Lawrence University, and an MBA from Syracuse University.  He served in the US Air Force.

“It has been a pleasure working with Paul during my years here,” said managing editor Debra Robillard. “I’ve learned a lot from him and respect the tough decisions he has had to make in these tough times. I wish him all the best as he begins his new journey and look forward to working with the new publisher.”