Left to right--Thomas A. Silvestri, J. Stewart Bryan III and Albert T. "Tappy" August III. (Oct 5, 2004). Media General, Inc. announced today that company vetran Thomas A. Silvestri has been named president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, effective Jan. 1, 2005. Silvestri, 49, will succeed J. Stewart Bryan, 111, 66, who has served as publisher since 1978. Bryan will remain chairman and chief executive officer of Media General, Inc., owner of the Times-Dispatch. Silvestri will become the first publisher outside the Bryan family since 1887. Albert T. "Tappy" August, 64 will retire as president and general manager.