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Highlands Today publisher leaving, new leadership named

– Highlands Today Publisher Tina Gottus is stepping down July 3 from her position to accept a new position at South Florida State College.

Gottus has been publisher at Highlands Today for 12 years and served as advertising manager before that. Her new position at the college will be director of the XCEL-IT Program, specializing in logistics and cyber security.

Replacing her as publisher will be Editor Richard Hensley, who will become editor and publisher, and Advertising Director Cliff Yeazel, who now becomes vice president of sales and marketing.

“I will always be grateful to The Tampa Tribune for the opportunity and experience to lead Highlands Today and serve the community that I love and call home,” Gottus said. “I am thrilled to pass the torch to these two qualified gentlemen that will lead this operation to new heights.”

Hensley has served as editor at Highlands Today since 2003.

“We all have amazingly huge shoes to fill with Tina leaving,” Hensley said. “She’s an incredible person who built this paper to where we are today. We’re confident that we can continue moving the newspaper and online components forward to better serve our readers and our communities that we serve. And we have a great team of people in place to make that happen.”

Yeazel has held several positions to include creative services and digital marketing. He’s been with the paper since 2002 and became advertising director in 2011. His role will expand to include marketing and community events and relations.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to utilize my experience in this new role. I look forward to continuing to serve the community and partner with the local businesses.”

Highlands Today is part of the Tampa Media Group, which includes The Tampa Tribune.