FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Date:  May 30, 2002

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck

UIS names publisher of Illinois Issues magazine


SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield has announced the appointment of Michael E. Morsch as publisher of Illinois Issues magazine, the state’s leading, monthly magazine on state government and politics.  Morsch will also serve as director of institute publications for UIS’ Institute for Public Affairs (IPA).

A 20-year veteran of the newspaper business, Morsch is currently editor of The Times Herald in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  Before taking that position two years ago, he was senior news editor for The State Journal-Register in Springfield where he spent a total of 11 years in successively more responsible editorial positions.

“Michael Morsch has demonstrated leadership ability, and extensive management, news journalism and community relations experience,” said Barbara Ferrara, chair of the search committee and associate director of the IPA. “While in Illinois, he acquired knowledge of state government and politics, which will serve him well in this position.”  Ferrara noted that Morsch’s enthusiasm for the job and ability to project a positive image will be keys to his success in obtaining financial support for the magazine and boosting its circulation.

Morsch has also been a regional editor at the LaSalle News-Tribune in LaSalle, Illinois, regional managing editor at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and managing editor at the Corydon Times-Republican in Corydon, Iowa.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Illinois Issues magazine, located within IPA, is published 11 times per year and has a monthly readership of about 20,000.  Morsch will supervise a staff of nine and consult with the magazine’s statewide advisory board chaired by Diana Nelson, director of public affairs for the Union League Club of Chicago.He succeeds Ed Wojcicki, who served as the magazine’s publisher for 10 years, and is now associate chancellor for constituent relations at UIS.

As director of institute publications, Morsch will oversee editorial, production and marketing aspects of other publications for IPA, such as the institute’s annual report, “Almanac of Illinois Politics,” published every two years, and a roster of governmental officials.

In his new position, which begins July 8, Morsch will report to Ernest Cowles, interim executive director of IPA.

Morsch is a native of Pekin. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children.