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(LEX 18) - Former Miss America and Kentucky native Heather French Henry has been named to the Miss America Organization Board of Directors following a month of turmoil in the pageant.

After emails released to the public show crude remarks made about the participants in the Miss America Organization, pageant CEO Sam Haskell tendered his resignation from the program. 

The controversy cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.

Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson, who was the subject of some of the remarks, was named as the organization’s new Chairman effective immediately.

The Board approved the addition of Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Miss America 2012, Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, and Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998 to the Board as Directors.

Most previously serving Directors have resigned from the Board. According to Dan Meyers, the interim Board Chairman, resignations from the Board were timed to ensure the organization had a continuing governance structure. 

“It has been important to the Directors that incoming leadership be provided with what it needs to drive this American icon in a new direction,” said Meyers.

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