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SDSU professor elected secretary for GLAAD board of directors

LOS ANGELES – Thom Reilly, PhD, a professor at San Diego State University, has been elected the secretary of the board of directors of GLAAD, which also announced other officer elections and the appointment of a new board member.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is the nation’s largest LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization. GLAAD is also a media partner with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

Reilly, who is in his fifth year serving on the board, is a professor and director for the SDSU School of Social Work. He also is president of The Reilly Group, a strategic consulting, marketing and management firm.

His upcoming book, “Rethinking Public Sector Compensation: What Ever Happened To The Public Interest?” will be published by M.E. Sharpe and be released in May.

As the national organization continues to go through a number of changes, especially the search for its new president, Reilly said he is confident about the future of GLAAD.

"The organization will continue its role dealing with media outreach and mentoring that it has done effectively for so long," Reilly said.

In the short term, Reilly said, the board is focused on hiring a new president for the organization.

"We are hoping to extend an offer as early as late March or April," Reilly said. The board's search committee is currently interviewing candidates, and will ideally have someone on board in time for GLAAD's annual Media Awards.

Reilly also commended Mike Thompson, GLAAD's interim president, who has filled in as the organization's leader during the transition. Thompson chose not to apply for the position, and will return to his job as chief operations officer once the new president takes over.

"GLAAD is blessed with some talented staff who have been with us for some time, and we are grateful for that," Reilly said.

Other changes to the board include Michael Lammons, who will join Sheri Fults as co-chair of the board of directors, and John Stephens will serve as treasurer.

“With recent legal victories for LGBT people and public support for our community at an all-time high, GLAAD’s work to highlight the common ground and humanity that all Americans share is critical to continuing this momentum towards equality,” Fults said. “We could not do this culture-changing work without the dedication of our board of directors, staff, supporters and members across the country.”

Lammons is a partner in the New York office of PwC and a founding member of PwC’s LGBT Partner Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and support to PwC's Office of Diversity in executing its LGBT workplace inclusion initiatives. He served as GLAAD's treasurer since 2010.

Stephens is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sedgwick LLP. He focuses his practice on media and entertainment litigation, intellectual property licensing and transactions, and specialty insurance coverage and litigation. Stephens previously served as the national co-chair of the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards. He is active in the American Bar Association, currently serving as chair of the Diversity Committee for the Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section and formerly served on the Steering Committee for the Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

Joining the board of directors is Kevin Oldis, vice president of human resources for CBS Television Networks. In that role, Oldis supports the domestic business units of Showtime Networks, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, CBS News and CBS Television Networks. He has volunteered as a pro bono Human Resources Consultant for GLAAD for the past 11 years. Oldis also serves as a crisis counselor for the Long Island Crisis Center. Oldis received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Saint Francis College.