Gretchen Carlson to chair Miss America's board of directors following email scandal
CEO Sam Haskell resigned Dec. 23 after emails surfaced in which he disparaged former Miss Americas
Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson has been named chair of the Miss America Organization's board of directors.
The organization announced the selection of Carlson on Monday. It marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization.
The organization also announced that three other past Miss Americas are joining the board. The appointments of Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle take effect immediately, as does Carlson's.
Honored to move this iconic program forward with so many amazing volunteers. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MissAmerica?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MissAmerica</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MissAmericaOrg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MissAmericaOrg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MissAmerica?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MissAmerica</a> <a href="https://t.co/HnR0mC64eO">https://t.co/HnR0mC64eO</a>—@GretchenCarlson
The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced, showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Haskell resigned Dec. 23.
Most of the previous board members also have resigned.