Bill Davis to step down from SCPR after 19 years

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Bill Davis, president and CEO of Southern California Public Radio, will step down from the position in coming months and is leading the search for his replacement, the organization announced Tuesday.


Davis will continue to lead SCPR until December 2019 or until a replacement is named. Following the leadership transition, Davis will be named president emeritus of SCPR.

“I begin this transition with a vigorous commitment to ensuring SCPR continues to grow and prosper,” Davis said in the announcement. “I look forward to working with the Board to further refine our strategic path and to identify a leader who will build on SCPR’s excellence and its commitment to serving the diverse and growing Southern California audience.”

Davis joined SCPR, which is part of Minnesota-based American Public Media Group, as founding president in 2001. During his tenure, the station has quadrupled its weekly radio audience. It currently has more than 73,000 members, a record high for the station.

Ana Valdez, board president of SCPR, told a KPCC reporter that Davis’ decision to step down was “100 percent” his.

SCPR is in the midst of a capital campaign that has raised $14 million to expand its headquarters and grow staff, according to the KPCC article. Davis said the timing of the transition “should not adversely affect the prospects for the campaign.”

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