He succeeds Lucy Talley, who announced her resignation last week. Talley had led the Jacksonville-based media group since 2009 and accepted a position as group publisher for community papers for Hearst Newspapers.
Since May, he has served as vice president of operations at Morris’ corporate headquarters in Augusta.
During that time, he also filled in as interim publisher of The Augusta Chronicle for the final six months of 2011.
“Mark has tremendous enthusiasm about building a successful new future for local media,” Derek May, the executive vice president of Morris Publishing, said in a statement. “He’s done a great job in helping to launch the transformation of our company, and his energy, vision and can-do attitude are perfect for Jacksonville.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining The Florida Times-Union,’’ Nusbaum said. “We are at an exciting juncture in our industry’s history as we transition to digital-first and audience-first media companies. The T-U team has been on the cutting edge of this transformation.’’
“Mark is a leader who inspires confidence,” said Will Morris, the president of Morris Publishing. “He’s the right person at the right time.”
Nusbaum, a 40-year veteran of the industry, started his career as a copy clerk at The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal while in high school in 1972. He was the publisher of the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal from 1999 to 2004 and the publisher of his hometown Topeka Capital-Journal from 2004-11.
Nusbaum worked in the Topeka paper’s newsroom part time while attending college, then joined the staff full time in 1977, after graduating. Over the next 20 years, he served in various roles, including copy editor/designer, Kansas City Chiefs beat writer, business editor and managing editor.
He was named executive editor in 1994. He also served a one-year stint as director of advertising, before Morris’ acquisition of Stauffer Communications in the mid-1990s.
Nusbaum majored in mass media at Washburn University and obtained a secondary teaching degree. He completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center in 2007.
Nusbaum and his wife, Sherry, have five children, four of them living in Kansas and one in Texas.