UNION — Donald E. (Don) Wilder has been named the General Manager and media director for The Union Daily Times.
Wilder was named to his new position by Ralph J. Martin, CEO of Civitas Media, and Kent Kilpatrick, Regional Director of Civitas Media’s Carolinas Region.
“I am pleased to have Don overseeing our newspaper operation in Union as general manager. His experience in the newspaper industry and involvement in the Union community will help The Union Daily Times better serve our customers,” Kilpatrick said. “The news and events of our communities are very important to everyone. The Daily Times is their diary. We take this responsibility very seriously.
“We have many improvements coming to the pages of The Union Daily Times,” he added. “We are excited to be able to add to our already rich, local content. We feel our readers and advertising partners will enjoy the enhancements.”
Wilder, a longtime resident of the Upstate, served as publisher of The Union Daily Times from 1972 to 1995 when he was transferred as publisher to The Williamson Daily News in Williamson, W.Va. He left Williamson in 1996 to take over the management of Hometown News Co. in Spartanburg.
“I have always considered Union as my second home and I am delighted to assume the role of General Manager and Media Director of The Union Daily Times,” Wilder said. “The Times has since 1850 served the citizens of Union County with a respected, credible product catering to the needs of both its readers and advertisers. I am excited to be given the opportunity to help guide this paper through the many changes and opportunities that lie ahead in the evolving world of new media. It is my desire that the legacy of service to the citizens of Union by The Times will be maintained in the future.”
Wilder is a former president of the Union Chamber of Commerce, organizing president of the Union Kiwanis Club, and recipient of the Union Jaycee Chapter “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award. The Union Vocational School also recognized him as “Advisor of the Year.”
At the state level, Wilder served as Highway Commissioner of the then 4th Congressional District consisting of Union and York counties and was the first chairman of the Union Highway Committee.
He is the recipient of “The Order of The Palmetto,” South Carolina’s highest citizen award.