Paul Westhelle Named Interim Exec. Dir. Of Jefferson Public Radio
June 27, 2012 at 3:55 AM (PT)
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY noncommercial JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO/ASHLAND, OR has picked an interim successor to the departing RON KRAMER, naming Associate Dir. PAUL WESTHELLE to the post of Interim Exec. Dir., effective JUNE 30th, according to the MEDFORD MAIL-TRIBUNE. WESTHELLE fills the post being vacated by KRAMER, who is being terminated after a dispute with the station that followed an audit over KRAMER's dual role as Exec. Dir. of the station and the JPR FOUNDATION and questions about the debt incurred in the acquisition of a theater and warehouse for the station's new studio facility (NET NEWS 3/27).
The school's President MARY CULLINAN said, "I am delighted that PAUL has agreed to this interim position. He has the respect of SOU, JPR staff and the JPR FOUNDATION board. PAUL will provide thoughtful and knowledgeable leadership as we build consensus, address upcoming transition issues, and move forward."
KRAMER's departure after 37 years at the station comes in the wake of a mediation and settlement proposal that resulted in more controversy between the foundation and the school, with some foundation board members threatening to resign before being released from personal liability over the negotiations. The parties are back in mediation during a 60-day cooling-off period promoted by OREGON Gov. JOHN KITZHABER.