NPR president Vivian Schiller resigns

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Vivian Schiller‘s resignation was accepted “with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” says NPR board chairman Dave Edwards. NPR legal affairs senior vice president Joyce Slocum has been named interim CEO. || Two statements are after the jump.

NPR BOARD OF DIRECTORS STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF VIVIAN SCHILLER, NPR PRESIDENT & CEO

March 9, 2011; Washington, D.C. –

The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.

Board Chairman Dave Edwards said: “The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.”

According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, will be appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will establish an Executive Transition Committee to develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

STATEMENT FROM NPR BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN DAVE EDWARDS
It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.

The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.

Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR’s mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.

According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR’s leadership team.

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  • Anonymous

    Accused of a liberal bent,
    Today NPR will repent
    Its ways prejudicial
    With lambs sacrificial
    By giving up Schiller for Lent.

    News Short n’ Sweet by JFD8
    http://twitter.com/JFD8

  • Anonymous

    Accused of a liberal bent,
    Today NPR will repent
    Its ways prejudicial
    With lambs sacrificial
    By giving up Schiller for Lent.

    News Short n’ Sweet by JFD8
    http://twitter.com/JFD8