Senate confirms nominations of two CPB Board members

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The Senate confirmed Thursday the nominations of Ruby Calvert and Laura Gore Ross to the CPB Board. The Commerce Committee had recommended the nominees to the full Senate April 25.

From CPB’s release:

Calvert worked at Wyoming PBS from its inception in 1983. She served as general manager of the station until her retirement in 2015 and as president of the Wyoming PBS Foundation from 2006-2016. Prior to becoming general manager, she was the director of programming for 24 years, leading the production team to produce the station’s signature series MainStreet, Wyoming. Calvert served for six years on both the national PBS Board and the Wyoming State Board of Education, which she chaired for two years. She was elected to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations in January 2017. Her CPB term expires January 31, 2022.

Ross is a retired attorney with a career in government service, community affairs and politics. Currently, she manages family investments and is a member of the Screening Panel for New York’s Federal Judiciary. Ross served eight years as chief of staff to the Attorney General of the State of New York and was a Public Delegate to the 64th United Nations General Assembly. She was president of NYANA, a refugee resettlement agency, and has served as a trustee on numerous boards, including WNET public television for three years and WNYC public radio for seven years. Her CPB term expires January 31, 2022.

In a release, America’s Public Television Stations congratulated the new board members. “The public broadcasting community is grateful for Ruby’s invaluable contributions over the last 35 years, most recently as the former general manager of Wyoming PBS, as a member of the PBS Board and a lay trustee on the APTS Board,” said APTS President Pat Butler.

Butler continued:

She has been an eloquent and passionate leader, and we know she will continue to champion public broadcasting’s missions of education, public safety and civic leadership in her new capacity on the CPB Board.

Ms. Ross’s extensive background in government service and community affairs is very impressive, not only in the public broadcasting community, where she has served on the board of WNET for three years and WNYC for seven years, but also throughout the state of New York.

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