President, CEO & Publisher
Clay Foster is a native son of Northeast Mississippi. In addition to being a carrier early in his life and until he graduated from the University of Mississippi, Foster has been with the Journal in a full-time capacity since 1992 and has been chief operating officer since 2000. He assumed the additional titles of president in 2005 and publisher in 2010.
His career at the Journal has included stints as pre-press manager, production director and director of operations, as well as interim assignments as advertising director and circulation director. He is a retired major in the Mississippi Army National Guard, having served 22 years, including 15 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom.