Kerry Swanson, U:SA Board President today announced, The U:SA Board of Directors has long been seeking a university administrator to fill our open board position. I’m thrilled to let you know that Anne Kaplan, retired Vice President for the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, has been elected.

Swanson went on to add, Her background, strategic mind-set, and wide range of administrative experience made her the ideal candidate.”

According to colleagues at the Northern Illinois University, “Anne was involved in nearly every major NIU development over the past 40+ years: she was the person everyone wanted to have at the table. They knew she’d bring good judgement. That she’d listen intently and pull disparate thoughts into a coherent course of action. They knew she’d be a calm and thoughtful presence, the cooler head that prevails.  That she’d bring the historian’s view and a commitment to the long game was a given.”

U:SA Executive Director, Virginia Dambach noted, Within days of her appointment, Anne has already begun to share insights into how the U:SA can help stations strengthen their relationships on campus, and how the U:SA can more actively engage with university administrators who oversee public media stations.”

One of the first tasks to engage university administrators is to create a communications channel that includes not only station managers and staff, but those administrators who are involved in station oversight as well. To that end, Dambach appeals to public media managers to please share the name, title, direct phone, and email of the university administrator that the station reports to.  Those individuals will be added to the U:SA newsletter email list and also invited to participate in relevant webinars that would be of interest to administrators. Email information to: Virginia Dambach.