UNC system taps arts school leader for TV CEO

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Lindsay Bierman, chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts, has been named the new CEO of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina in Research Triangle Park. He will assume the role Aug. 12.


Bierman has served as chancellor of the Winston-Salem school since 2014. While at UNCSA, he spearheaded the creation of a new strategic plan and shepherded the largest donations in the school’s history, raising nearly $50 million in less than three years.

Before joining UNCSA, Bierman was editor in chief of Time Inc.’s Southern Living from 2010–14. He worked for Time for 17 years.

“I’m excited to fully leverage my creative leadership, business acumen, and fundraising track record at UNC-TV, and I’m inspired by the power and potential of public media to positively impact the life of every North Carolinian,” Bierman said in a release. “Though it is difficult to leave UNCSA, I am confident that the school is poised for continued growth and long-term success.”

The incoming CEO also chairs the board of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, is a member of The Winston-Salem Alliance and serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem.

At UNC-TV, Bierman replaces Brian Sickora, who left in October to join medical cannabis firm Acreage Holdings.

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