Aquilar rejoins Scripps as director of management development

Wed, August 12, 1998 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Julia Shell Aguilar, president and publisher of the San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Telegram-Tribune, has been named director of management development for The E.W. Scripps Company.Aguilar returns to the company after spending a year with Knight Ridder Inc., which acquired the Telegram-Tribune from Scripps in 1997. As director of management development, Aguilar will develop and manage training initiatives designed to complement the individual objectives of Scripps’ newspapers, television stations and other media businesses. She also will serve as a consultant on general human resource issues. "We are fortunate to have found someone with Julia’s exceptional credentials for this important position," said Greg Ebel, Scripps vice president for human resources. "Her experience running a local newspaper and her extensive human resources background make her a natural for the job." Aguilar was named general manager of the Telegram-Tribune in 1990. She was promoted to president in 1994 and was named publisher in 1997.From 1987 to 1990, she was director of human resources for the John P. Scripps Newspapers, at the time a group of nine newspapers which merged with The E.W. Scripps Company in 1986. She also served as vice-president of human resources for the Los Angeles Daily News from 1984 to 1987 and from 1982 to 1984 was director of human resources for the Times-Advocate in Escondido, Calif. "I am looking forward to returning to Scripps, a company with which I was proud to be associated for more than 10 years," Aguilar said. "I enjoyed my eight years at the helm of the Telegram-Tribune, but now I’m eager to contribute to the bigger picture by combining the skills I’ve acquired."Aguilar earned a master’s degree in social work administration and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has been active in the San Luis Obispo community, serving as a member of the board of directors of the San Luis Rotary; chairman of the board of the San Luis Obispo County Economic Forecast; and president of the Mozart Festival board of directors.Aguilar and her husband, Art, will be relocating to Cincinnati.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 20 daily newspapers; nine network-affiliated television stations; two cable television networks, Home & Garden Television and the Food Network; a television programmer, Cinetel Productions; independent Yellow Pages directories; and United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics.