Public Radio Capital Co-Managing Director Susan Harmon Stepping Down
November 4, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
PUBLIC RADIO CAPITAL Managing Dir. and co-founder SUSAN HARMON is retiring from her management position at the end of the year, the organization announced THURSDAY (11/3). HARMON and MARC HAND founded PRC in 2001; she will continue on the board of directors pf PRC and its PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY and well as on the board of ESSENTIAL PUBLIC MEDIA, the new owners of WESA/PITTSBURGH. To replace HARMON, PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY co-Managing Director KEN IKEDA will add co-Managing Director duties for PRC as well.
"SUSAN's career is distinguished by a longstanding passion for public media and its communities," said PRC board chair LYN GRINSTEIN. "She co-founded PRC and it has evolved in ways dictated entirely by the needs of the public radio community. SUSAN has an absolutely stunning knowledge of that community, and it is our good fortune that she has accepted the invitation to join us as a trustee."
"It is a rare privilege in life to be able to know and work with SUSAN, and to see the significant impact she's had on people personally and professionally," said Managing Director and co-founder MARC HAND. "With her integrity, passion for the mission of public media, and long executive experience, she has helped the public broadcasting system to grow and thrive. Her keen intelligence for what public media means to our democracy -- and for its greater potential -- has been a real driver for PRC's mission."
"I can think of no better way to spend a career than working in public radio," said HARMON. "At every juncture, I've worked with talented, dedicated people who understand how critical the growth of public media's audience is to the civic and cultural life of our country. I'm very proud of having been co-managing director with MARC HAND since 2000, building this organization together and attracting very smart, entrepreneurial people to work with us. I'm also thrilled to be able to continue as a board member of PRC and PMC, supporting the efforts of my wonderful colleagues at these important institutions."