The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY announced on Friday several changes to its staff including who would take the reins in the director position following the retirement of Max Neal late last year.
Glenda Gephart is the new director of administration and communications. Ms. Gephart has been involved with the Center since 1999. A journalism graduate of Penn State, she began writing about the races at the Glen back in 1978 for the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette and is the former editor of the Watkins Review and Express. She will continue her work as a freelance reporter.
Supporting communications efforts for the Center will be Judy Stropus, who will serve as a consultant. Ms. Stropus is known internationally in the motoring world for her public relations skills as well as her background as a driver and race team manager. Working with Ms. Gephart, she has already enhanced media recognition for the Research Center.
“These staff changes, coupled with continuing exemplary work by Historian Bill Green and Archival Associate Kevin Hughey, raise the quality of the Racing Research Center’s work to a higher level,” Center President J.C. Argetsinger said. "We've calculated that we have more than 300 years' worth of experience if we add up how many each person now on the staff has been involved in motorsports. Add that experience to individual professional expertise, and we have a staff to be proud of.”
In addition to Gephart and Stropus, Kim Klein will take on the position of financial associate and Kip Keitner is the Center's new administrative support staffer working with the collections.
For more information about the IMRRC's mission, hours, and activities, see the Center's website.
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