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Southern Oregon PBS chooses new leader

Phil Meyer, who previously led a PBS station in Fresno, California, began his post as SOPBS president and CEO May 9

After a months-long search, Southern Oregon PBS has chosen a new chief executive officer and president.

Phil Meyer — whose previous jobs include president and CEO of Valley PBS in Fresno, California — was appointed by the SOPBS board of directors, according to a press release issued late Sunday. The board had tapped Livingston Associates of Littleton, Colorado, a search firm specializing in hiring media executives, to work with a committee of community members in helping the board find the ideal candidate for the position.

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"We are very excited to welcome Phil, his wife, Elaine, and son Christopher to the Rogue Valley. Phil's professional experience and transformative leadership style align perfectly with our desire to take the organization to the next level,” Sue Walsh, chairwoman of the board, stated in the release.

Meyer began his new job May 9, succeeding Mark Stanislawski, who served as SOPBS’s CEO and president for two decades.

Meyer posted the news release of the announcement on his LinkedIn profile, commenting that he is “very excited to begin my tenure in Rogue Valley.”

In describing Meyer’s duties, SOPBS said he would be responsible for “shaping a clear vision and strategy for the future that ensures the sustainability of public television in the Southern Oregon region.” He will also look for new partnerships within the community and plan for “the next generation of programming, viewers and supporters.”

Meyer led Valley PBS from 2015-17, before heading to Tempe, Arizona, to be the executive director of Friends of Public Radio Arizona, which he led for three years until June of 2021, according to his LinkedIn profile. That same month, Meyer began work for the Arizona-based P3 Public Media, where he continues to serve as a consultant.

Meyer’s educational credentials include a certification of nonprofit management from Indiana University; a Master of Business Management degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design, both from the University of Cincinnati.