CPB Board elects Cahill as chair and Sembler as vice chair

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Patricia Cahill is the new chair of the CPB Board, with Elizabeth Sembler as vice chair. The two were elected to the one-year terms by the board at its meeting today (Sept. 11) in Washington, D.C.

Cahill, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., was appointed to the board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2009. She previously served as vice chair. She has worked in pubradio for more than 40 years, retiring earlier this year as g.m. of KCUR-FM in Kansas City. Cahill also was a member of the board of directors for NPR, and is a past-president of Public Radio in Mid America.

Sembler, of Seminole, Fla., was appointed to the board by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in October 2008. She is director of engagement at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the director of Kesher, a Jewish afterschool program for students at the Ben Gamla Hebrew Language charter school in Clearwater, Fla. Sembler has served on the board of WEDU-TV since 1993 and was its chair from 2001 to ’03. In 2006, she joined the board of the Association of Public Television Stations. (Photos: CPB)

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