Hugh McCullum, 35, of Toronto, has been named editor of the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada.
According to an announcement today by Rt. Rev. John Anderson of Winnipeg, chairman of Canadian Churchman's board of trustees, Mr. McCullum's appointment is effective immediately. Bishop Anderson said the appointment has been ratified by the National Executive Council of the Church.
Mr. McCullum, formerly managing editor of the paper, replaces Rev. Dr. A. Gordon Baker who resigned as editor and publisher earlier this year to resume parish work at London, Ontario.
Bishop Anderson said the paper's board of trustees would make a decision regarding publisher's duties by next February. In the meantime, Dr. Baker will carry on those duties on a part-time basis.
Mr. McCullum is the first layman to head the 96-year old publication which has a national circulation in excess of 300,000.
Mr. McCullum will assume direct responsibility for the entire news and editorial direction of the paper, which is operated independently of the church's structure.
Prior to joining Canadian Churchman early this year, Mr. McCullum had been news editor at The Telegram, Toronto, Ontario. He is a former city editor of the Leader-Post, Regina, Saskatchewan, and general reporter at the Kingston, Ontario, Whig-Standard. He started his newspaper career at the now-defunct Montreal Herald.