Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche Elected Professional Vice-Chair of National PBS Board of Directors
St. Louis, MO—November 7, 2014 — Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, has been elected to serve as Professional Vice-Chair of the national PBS Board of Directors. Paula Kerger, PBS President and Chief Executive Officer, announced the results of the 2014 PBS Board elections after the recent Board meeting in Arlington, VA.
As Professional Vice-Chair, Galmiche will hold the most prominent PBS Board position of any public television station general manager, president or CEO in the country. “I am honored to have been elected to serve as Professional Vice-Chair of the PBS Board Directors. Our close association with PBS helps us better serve the people of the St. Louis region. And we are proud to say that as the Nine Network celebrates its 60th anniversary, PBS and Sesame Street are celebrating their 45thanniversaries. This has been a long and committed relationship.”
The 27-person PBS Board includes both Professional Directors, who are station leaders, and General Directors, who serve as lay members of the Board, as well as the PBS President. The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. General and Professional Directors of the PBS Board are elected to three-year terms and serve without pay.
“I am tremendously grateful to the PBS Board, which is a group of dedicated and talented leaders who give generously of their time and expertise,” said Ms. Kerger. “Recent Nielsen data shows that PBS finished the 2013-2014 season with a dramatic increase in viewership, moving PBS to the 5th largest primetime household rating among all broadcast and cable networks. It is during such moments of success that it is even more critical to seize opportunities, to push forward and continue to innovate, experiment and be bold. The 2014-2015 Board includes the right combination of skills and commitment to help move our system forward and build an even stronger public service enterprise for the American people.”
Galmiche is a native St. Louisan and returned to his hometown in November, 2006, from Portland, Oregon, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), managing the operations of a statewide network of public television and radio stations. Under his leadership OPB’s National Television Production unit posted substantial gains, increasing national productions for public television from 30 hours to more than 200 hours, including the popular PBS series History Detectives.
The Nine Network is among the most watched public television stations in the PBS system with one of the most highly rated audiences for full day viewing. Galmiche has focused the station’s efforts around new forms of community engagement and expanded the reach of the station’s programming and content through four local channels in the St. Louis market as well as new capabilities of digital distribution through the internet.
The Nine Network’s groundbreaking approach to community engagement has become a national model for public media and is being implemented in numerous community service initiatives, including American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative being led locally and nationally by the Nine Network. Additional Nine Network initiatives address interrelated issues impacting the health and welfare of our young people and the community as a whole.
Under Galmiche’s leadership, the Nine Network has also made a significant commitment to advance understanding and participation in the arts and produces a weekly series titled Arts America. These and other initiatives related to education, health, science, the economy and the environment are based in ongoing partnerships established by the Nine Network with local organizations. In addition, Stay Tuned, a weekly public affairs program produced by the Nine Network, provides a platform for community discussion of these important topics. Stay Tuned was designated the top news program in St. Louis, receiving St. Louis Magazine’s 2014 A-List Award. A 5,500-square-foot digital media center known as the Nine Center for Public Engagement is producing new forms of digital media and online content.
Galmiche serves on several public broadcasting and industry boards of directors. He currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he holds the positions of Professional Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the PBS Audit Committee, PBS Interconnection Committee, PBS Station Service Committee, and is a member of the PBS Strategic Planning Advisory Group. He Board Chair of American Public Television (APT) and is current Chair of the Public Television Association of Missouri (PTAM). He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and serves on the NETA Executive Committee as Board Treasurer. He is immediate past Chair of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG) and the Affinity Group Coalition (AGC).
Jack Galmiche holds a B.S. in Finance and Business Management from Saint Louis University.
Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), www.nineNet.org, the Nine Center for Public Engagement, and the Public Media Commons.
The Nine Network’s rich legacy of innovation and community service was launched in 1954. The Nine Network is a community-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring St. Louis together as it connects our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.
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