Wester, a history major from Charlotte, said her love for the paper and her desire to continue working with the DTH motivated her to run. She began writing for the university desk at the DTH her first year and has since served as its assistant editor and current editor.
“I wanted to see what (the DTH) could do next year because I think it just has infinite potential,” she said. “And I was really excited to get to keep working and hopefully do a good job leading all of these people I love.”
Eric Johnson, a former editor who now works in the University’s Scholarships and Student Aid office, served as a member of the selection committee. He said he was looking for a candidate with a clear understanding of the paper’s values as an independent publication at a public university.
“(I wanted) someone who can bring that sense of dialogue and the ability to be an independent voice, as opposed to part of the university’s overall administrative apparatus — and Jane had a lot of experience, which I think was comforting to a lot of people on the committee,” he said.