Greater Public President Doug Eichten to retire

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Doug Eichten, longtime president of Greater Public, announced Thursday that he will retire in July 2017.

“This is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” Eichten said in a statement. “And yet the time will come for me to move to the next chapter. I’ve given the board two years’ notice so they can create a strategic roadmap for Greater Public’s future and find the best president to lead the organization.”

The organization’s board said that it would begin “strategic visioning work” in the fall and begin the search process for Eichten’s replacement in 2016.

“We will be collaborating with Doug over the next two years to create a smooth process that ensures that Greater Public will continue to provide outstanding service to public media stations,” said Greater Public board president Paul Jacobs in the press release.

Greater Public currently serves 263 member stations.

According to the press release, Eichten is leaving the organization on his own terms.

“While we had no desire for Doug to leave his position, the board feels confident in the direction of the organization,” said Jacobs. “The two-year process will ensure a smooth and productive transition.”

Eichten began leading the organization, then known as Development Exchange Inc., in 1997.

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