The Miss America Foundation announced Wednesday a new chairman of the organization's Board of Trustees. 

Lanny Griffith, who served as a preliminary judge in the Miss America 2016 competition, is the chief executive officer of lobbying and public relations firm BGR Group in Washington D.C. 

In the past, Griffith also worked in the White House and served in several roles in the George H. W. Bush administration, including the Special Assistant to the President in the East Room of the White House, according to a news release. 

"Lanny's deep experience in education and proven track record in philanthropy will greatly benefit The Miss America Foundation's efforts as we continue to raise scholarship funds and explore new and meaningful ways to empower more young women than ever before," said Josh Randle, chief operating officer of the Miss America Organization, as well as secretary to the foundation's Board of Trustees.

Griffith is accompanied by six other Board of Trustee members for the foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that offers academic and community-based scholarships, as well as endowed scholarships for women in medical studies, working in some areas of military service awareness, as well as the performing arts, according to the news release. 

Those trustees include: 

  • Randle
  • John Bermingham, Treasurer
  • Tammy Haddad, President of Development
  • Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
  • Sam Haskell, chief executive officer of the Miss America Organization
  • Lynn Weidner, Miss America Organization board chairwoman and former Miss New Jersey

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