Maine Public announced that President and CEO Mark Vogelzang will retire from the station June 30.
Vogelzang joined the network in 2012. In a news release, the station credited Vogelzang with a 2016 rebrand and increasing local journalism and audience outreach. He also expanded classical music offerings.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to help Maine Public grow in so many ways and to work with such talented colleagues over these past years. Mainers have an incredibly valuable resource in this statewide service — as our PBS and NPR station, with free and open access to all,” Vogelzang said in the release. “I know that the next decade and beyond will see even more growth and impact of public media in the region, and that’s exciting to contemplate.”
Before joining the station, Vogelzang was station manager for WBFO-FM in Buffalo, N.Y., where he helped oversee a merger with WNED. He was on NPR’s board of directors from 2001–08 and was executive director of the NPR Foundation in 2009.
Before that, he was president and CEO of Vermont Public Radio from 1993–09 and radio manager for WHYY in Philadelphia, where he helped launch national distribution of Fresh Air.
“Mark’s vision and expertise were instrumental in Maine Public’s significant growth over this past decade,” said Board Chair Marion Freeman in the release. “He guided the broadcast teams to focus on serving more viewers and listeners, and created exciting new content and channels for journalism, culture, music and lifelong learning. We are grateful for his service to Maine Public.”
Freeman said she will launch a nationwide search for Vogelzang’s replacement.