Steranka replaces Jim Awtrey, retiring after 19 years. He will be introduced Nov. 1 at the PGA of America's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The 47-year-old Steranka joined the PGA in 1988 as director of communications and broadcast, and was appointed managing director of communication and broadcasting two years ago.
'Joe has developed an exceptional track record in creating and marketing a wide variety of programs and services for PGA members and the golf industry,' PGA president Roger Warren said. 'Most importantly, he has a dynamic vision for the future of the PGA and our leadership position in the game and business of golf.'
The PGA of America has 28,000 members in its organization, primarily club professionals. It runs the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for the four major champions each year.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.