The San Antonio Report’s board of directors announced Tuesday that Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio CEO Angie Mock will become publisher and CEO of the nonprofit news organization, replacing co-founder Robert Rivard.

Rivard, who currently serves as both publisher and editor, will remain editor, Sunday columnist, and an officer on the nonprofit’s board of directors. He and his wife, Monika Maeckle, founded the Rivard Report as a blog in 2012 that quickly grew and was reorganized as a 501(c)(3) in 2015. The long-planned name change to San Antonio Report occurred earlier this year.

John “Chico” Newman Jr., San Antonio Report board chair.

Mock, who has led the local Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio since 2011 and has been a member of the San Antonio Report’s board since 2018, will assume her new position on Dec. 1. She was selected from among more than 60 candidates after a nationwide search.

“We are pleased to welcome one of the city’s leading nonprofit executives to the San Antonio Report to build on what we have accomplished over the last eight years,” board Chair John E. Newman Jr. said. “I’m confident that Angie will lead the organization to new heights in the coming years just as she has done over the last decade at the Boys & Girls Clubs.”

Robert Rivard, founder and editor of the San Antonio Report.

“It’s with great pride that we welcome a new leader to the SA Report as our next publisher,” Rivard said. “I’ve admired Angie’s work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio for some years, and I’ve seen firsthand from her service as a board officer that she has a passion for our mission-driven journalism and civic engagement.”

As publisher, Mock will be responsible for overseeing a $2 million yearly budget and leading a four-person business team to sustain the newsroom and grow its reach. She and the business team operate independently from the editorial staff; Mock will not have editorial decision-making authority over the San Antonio Report’s news coverage. She reports to the board of directors.

“I look forward to bringing the same passion and dedication to the San Antonio Report that I’ve devoted to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio in significantly expanding organizational capacity and resources,” Mock said. “I am thrilled to build on what Bob and Monika have given the community, and confident that the outstanding journalism and civic engagement can be leveraged into further growth and expansion.”

Mock moved to San Antonio 17 years ago to raise her children after spending most of her life in Tennessee. She served as CEO and part-owner of Flagstone Hospitality Management in Memphis, which at the time managed 55 hotels in 29 states and more than 3,000 employees. Mock sold her interest in the company in 2002 and moved to San Antonio shortly thereafter.

Mock holds a degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Tennessee at Martin and worked as an internal auditor and in finance and marketing departments in the hospitality industry before starting her two-year tenure as Flagstone’s chief executive.

In Mock’s first five years leading the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, the local organization went from 78th largest in the country to the seventh-largest based on average daily attendance of youth club members. Under her leadership, the organization tripled its assets from $5 million to $15 million. The nonprofit also added two new Southside locations and one new Westside location during her tenure.

Tony Trevino, the chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio board of directors, said in a statement that the nonprofit was grateful for Mock growing the organization for the last 10 years.

“We will work hard to identify a CEO who will build upon Angie’s history of strong leadership and organizational growth,” Trevino said. “As we move through this transition, we are confident that with the strong, professional leadership in place at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, the incredibly hard-working staff, and our Board’s commitment to the process, we will find a leader that will continue Angie’s legacy.”

In August, the San Antonio Report announced its name change and rebranding. At that time, the board of directors launched a search for a new publisher. Mock will have the responsibility of selecting the San Antonio Report’s next editor; Rivard will continue to write his Sunday column and serve as moderator for online and in-person community events once a new editor is selected in 2021.

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.