People News: WKAR General Manager Elkins Elected to PBS Board

Sep 25, 2019

Susi Elkins, WKAR Public Media general manager and director of broadcasting, has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the board of directors for PBS.

Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager and director of broadcasting
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PBS has announced that Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to serve on the PBS board of directors. 

The directors are responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS, the private, nonprofit corporation whose members are America’s public TV stations. 

“It’s an honor to serve at such a critical time,” said Elkins. “I’ve never been more excited about the future of public television, or more convinced of its importance.”

The other new directors elected were Rob Dunlop, president & CEO of Cascade Public Media; Courtney Pledger, executive director & CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network; Catherine Robb, media attorney and counsel in the Business Litigation Practice Group of Haynes and Boone; and Geoff Sands, an independent consultant and emeritus director of McKinsey & Company. 

"As PBS navigates a complex media environment, it is critical that we have the guidance and counsel of leaders from across the nation who have expertise in a broad range of fields," said Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. "We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented group of board members who are committed to advancing the essential mission of public television." 

Leadership at PBS member stations across the country voted via online ballot in July and August 2019. The new directors were seated at the board’s first meeting of the new fiscal year on September 25, 2019. 

The PBS Board comprises 27 members: 14 professional directors; 12 general directors; and the PBS president. PBS board directors serve three-year terms without pay.

Read the PBS announcement here: Five New Members Elected to PBS Board of Directors