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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

A round of executive changes at the network concludes with Vivian Schiller's March 9 departure.

The resignation of NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller was announced Wednesday, March 9, following months of turbulence capped by the March 8 release of a secret video of inappropriate remarks by Senior Vice President for Development Ron Schiller at a lunch with individuals posing as potential NPR donors.

NPR Board of Directors Statement

The chair of NPR’s Board of Directors, Dave Edwards, released the following remarks:

“It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.

“The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.

“Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR’s mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.

“According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

“I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR’s leadership team.”

Listeners who have questions or comments about recent changes within NPR’s executive ranks are encouraged to visit NPR’s Contact Us form online here, or to call the NPR Listener Care line at 202.513.3232.

WFIU’s Statement

WFIU notes with regret the transition at the top of NPR’s executive ranks. In her brief tenure, president and CEO Vivian Schiller conveyed vision and passionate commitment to mission and growth within the network and its member stations. WFIU recognizes that a series of damaging events occurred over the past several months for which Ms. Schiller was not directly responsible, but was ultimately accountable. WFIU wishes her well in her forthcoming endeavors, and is setting its sights forward to a new chapter in which capable, confident leadership enables positive partnership between NPR and its affiliate stations.