CEO Mark Stanislawski to retire from Southern Oregon PBS

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Mark Stanislawski, CEO of Southern Oregon PBS, announced that he will retire Sept. 30.


Stanislawski has held the position since 2001 and is the station’s longest-serving CEO. He has worked in public broadcasting for more than 40 years.

“On behalf of the SOPBS Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Mark on his many accomplishments since joining SOPTV/SOPBS, and throughout his entire career,” said Board Chair Sue Walsh in a news release. “Viewers in communities across the country have benefited from his long and distinguished record of service to public television. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Stanislawski started his public broadcasting career in college. He held part-time positions for KQED in San Francisco, including working at the front desk and with fundraising.

He later became director of promotion for KSPS PBS in Spokane, Wash.; manager of PBS’ home video department; and had a six-month stop with the Corporation for Education and Learning in New York City as VP and GM, where he worked in sales and licensing for projects like A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers.

Stanislawksi held development and marketing positions for ThinkTV in Dayton, Ohio, and WMHT in Troy, N.Y. He was also associate GM of New Mexico PBS before moving to Oregon.

Brad Fay, interim CEO and director of content, praised Stanislawski’s tenure in public broadcasting and wished him luck in retirement. “Mark leaves SO PBS with a balanced budget, a robust local production menu, and an energetic, stable staff dedicated to preserving and moving forward his great vision for what SO PBS can contribute to our equally dedicated viewership in Southern Oregon,” Fay said in the station’s September/October program guide.

“September marks 20 years of service at SOPTV/SOPBS and we have accomplished a lot at the station thanks to support from the community and the dedication from our wonderful staff,” said Stanislawski in the news release. “I know I leave the station in capable hands and am excited for both my next chapter, as well as the station’s.”

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