IPTV's General Manager Elected to PBS Board of Directors

Posted: November 22, 2017

Molly Phillips, executive director and general manager of Iowa Public Television, was elected to a first term on the PBS Board of Directors and took her seat at the meeting held Friday, November 10 in Arlington, VA. 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 board is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. General and professional directors of the board serve without pay.

“It is a privilege to serve on this board as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act,” said Phillips. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to assure public media continues to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans and all Americans for the next 50 years.”

Phillips has led Iowa’s only statewide television network since 2013. She has served IPTV since 1990, previously as the director of communications and community engagement where she was responsible for the network’s state and federal public policy advocacy for nearly 15 years.

She was recently elected as vice-chair and chair-elect of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) board of directors. She also serves on the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) board of trustees and is an active member of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE). Phillips is a 2015 graduate of the PBS Executive Leadership program. APTS presented Phillips with its National Advocacy Award in 2010.

Phillips is joined on the board by two other professional directors in their first terms: Roy Clem of Alabama Public Television and Kim Johnson of Colorado Public Television, elected by the board to fill vacant positions. The board also re-elected four general directors: Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller, Molly Corbett Broad, president emerita of the American Council on Education, Larry Irving, president and CEO of the Irving Group, and Allan Landon, assistant dean of the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

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