Change At The Top For Vermont Public Radio
January 7, 2009 at 5:20 AM (PT)
VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO President and CEO MARK VOGELZANG is exiting the organization on FEBRUARY 1st to work on a national fundraising effort for public radio. VP of Development ROBIN TURNAU will become President and CEO to replace VOGELZANG, who has been at the helm at VPR since 1993.
"It is with deep regret that the VPR Board reluctantly accepts MARK's resignation. He has been a visionary leader who has helped us create and build the important Vermont-wide community resource that is VPR," said Board Chair DEBORAH GRANQUIST. "While MARK is leaving VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO, we are excited that he will be moving to a larger national stage to work with stations across the country, bringing his talent and energy and some of VPR’s success.
"We are thrilled to be able to promote ROBIN to the top job. One of the many lasting legacies of MARK's leadership is that while growing the VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO network, he simultaneously developed a strong management team with deep bench strength. MARK is leaving us well-positioned to meet our future challenges. With ROBIN's demonstrated leadership skills and determination, the Board is highly confident that she is ready to guide VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO to its next level of success," added GRANQUIST.
TURNAU said, "We have worked side-by-side for many years and as a result VPR is now in great shape to face the future. Vermonters and others donate their financial support because they trust and value VPR. That is the strong foundation we will build on for future success and in implementing VPR’s mission while being faithful to our core values,"
VOGELZANG said, "The decision to leave VPR was not easy. It’s a terrific place with such wonderful staff, listeners, and supporters, so it’s a bittersweet moment. I’m incredibly proud of the accomplishments we’ve had in building this organization over the last 15 years. The people of VERMONT and the surrounding region have come to count on VPR and NPR as their trusted source.
"VPR is in great hands with ROBIN as its new President and CEO. It’s a wise and important decision by the Board. ROBIN is so well-respected inside VPR, in this region, and across the public radio community for her leadership and experience. She is the major reason for the stability of VPR’s annual membership support as well as the recent successful completion of our endowment campaign. It’s a remarkable achievement, and ROBIN has delivered year in and year out.
"I’m leaving VPR, but not public radio. Change is in the air these days, so I’m eager to take our development success in VERMONT and replicate it across the country."