MPBN picks public broadcasting veteran as new president, CEO

Posted Nov. 30, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
Mark Vogelzang
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Mark Vogelzang

LEWISTON, Maine — A veteran of public broadcasting, who most recently served as manger of a radio station in Buffalo, N.Y., has been chosen to be the new president and CEO of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Mark Vogelzang, 56, was president of Vermont Public Radio for 16 years, from 1993 to 2009, where he helped the organization complete a $10 million endowment campaign and created two regional networks — one that carries news, information and cultural programming and another devoted to classical music and the arts.

Most recently he served as station manager at WBFO-FM, Buffalo’s NPR member station, where he helped facilitate a merger to be completed in 2012 between WBFO and WNED in western New York.

He was elected to NPR’s board of directors for seven years (2001-2008), and served as the interim executive director of the NPR Foundation for most of 2009, overseeing the foundation’s entire fundraising operation.

Like its Maine counterpart at MPBN, Vermont Public Radio is a statewide network in a largely rural state with a relatively small population, and the similarities in the challenges faced by each played a key role in Vogelzang’s selection by the MPBN board of directors, according to board chairman Henry “Hank” Schmelzer.

“Mark’s long tenure as the leader of a statewide public media network in northern New England with a roughly equal number of stations, individual donors and corporate supporters,” said Schmelzer, “combined with his deep knowledge of nonprofit fundraising, makes him the ideal candidate to lead MPBN into the future.”

When he takes over as the head of MPBN in January, Vogelzang will replace Jim Dowe, who has been MPBN’s president and CEO since April 2006 and who last spring announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.

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