ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — The wave of change continues to sweep through the Miss America Organization in the wake of disparaging emails exchanged by leaders who were forced out last month. Now there are four new board members, all former winners of the crown, including a new chairwoman.
Onetime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson takes the helm of the organization, a move that sits well with Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan.
“Gretchen obviously has very valuable experience both in the corporate world in the workplace and also with her “Be Fierce” book and the movement that she has created,” Hagan told KYW Newsradio. “And so I think that what we’re going to see here is a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior moving forward.”
Hagan was one of 49 former Miss Americas to sign a letter calling for change within the organization. Winners from 2012, 2000 and 1998 will also join the board.
Hagan believes they’ll get to work quickly to repair relations with sponsors.
“We need to make sure that we still have the CRDA (Casino Reinvestment Development Authority) in Atlantic City on our side,” she added. “We need to make sure that we keep ABC in our pocket and we need to see about how to move forward with someone like Dick Clark Productions or any other production company or team that might be interested in working with Miss America.”
And lining up a few regular, year-long sponsors might be helpful. Hagan believes there’s time to get this done before the September pageant at Boardwalk Hall.