Miss America Board Announces Election of New Members

The Miss America Board of Directors is pleased to announce the unanimous election of two new board members. Jessie Bennett, formerly the Executive Director of the Miss Arkansas Competition, and Ashley Byrd, formerly the Executive Director of the Miss South Carolina Competition, who were put forward by their fellow state Executive Directors to represent the states at this critical phase of our restructuring.

They will lend valuable insight and direction for the future of the program. Both willingly resigned their positions as Executive Directors so as to avoid any conflicts. Subsequent to serving on the board, they can be considered for reappointment as Executive Directors in their states. We welcome their leadership and look forward to working together in shaping Miss America in 2018 and beyond.

About The Miss America Organization (MAO)
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.