CONCORD — The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s free-market think tank, today named former New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Page Editor Andrew Cline the Center’s Interim President.

Cline, a writer and communications consultant, will take on the role previously held by long-time President Charlie Arlinghaus, who left earlier this year to become Commissioner of the NH Department of Administrative Services.

James Sununu, Chairman of the Bartlett Center’s Board of Directors, said “We are thrilled that Drew has agreed to take the Josiah Bartlett Center’s helm and help us continue the work of New Hampshire’s premier free-market institution. As a small but critically important part of the New Hampshire public policy landscape, the Center was looking for someone with deep policy knowledge, communication expertise, and proven leadership abilities. Fortunately, we did not have to look far.”

Before coming to the Union Leader in 2001, Cline served as Director of Publications for the John Locke Foundation, North Carolina’s free-market think tank. As Interim President of the Josiah Bartlett Center, Cline will focus on organizing the center’s upcoming events, improving fund-raising, and setting the organization’s policy and communications goals for the coming year.

In addition to his work as a journalist and communicator, Cline brings to the position valuable experience as a community volunteer and non-profit leader. A former Cub Scout leader, he currently serves as Chairman of the State Board of Education and Chairman of the Board of the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill in Bedford.

CONTACT: James Sununu, 603-658-0602