WCTE PBS opens nationwide CEO search

Becky Magura started at WCTE as an intern and worked there for 39 years. She will leave her position as President and CEO of WCTE to become President and CEO of Nashville Public Television.

COOKEVILLE – With the recent announcement that Becky Magura will be stepping down as President and CEO of WCTE PBS, the Upper Cumberland Broadcasting Council (UCBC) has announced that a national search for the next CEO of WCTE PBS has begun. Magura has spent her 39-year career working for WCTE PBS where she was first hired as the first college intern in 1982. 

“We value what Becky has brought to the station and her experience, knowledge and her legend will have lasting impact on this station,” said Avery Hutchins, Station Manager. “We will miss her, but she is leaving the station in a great place.” 

In 1995, Magura became Station Manager and then in 2006 she was appointed by the UCBC Board of Trustee as the next President and CEO. During her tenure at WCTE PBS, Magura led the charge to bring voice to the Upper Cumberland, brought national icons to our community and represented the station and the community nationally.  

“It’s been my honor and privilege to serve WCTE PBS and my home in the Upper Cumberland,” said Magura. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to guide WCTE’s growth over the last 39 years and am proud of the station’s trajectory as a leader in public broadcasting.”

“Becky Magura has been a staple of the Upper Cumberland community in her service to WCTE,” said board chair Nina Lunn. “Her dedication to ensuring that all people have education and access through broadcast media is unparalleled and has firmly positioned WCTE PBS in a place to excel in the future.”  

The UCBC Board will be meeting next week to identify a recruitment committee and the job posting is being created and will be post soon to begin the search immediately. The President and CEO reports to the UCBC Board of Trustees and is charged with strategic planning and visioning, operational and budgetary duties and ensuring the station’s educational mission, ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence. The UCBC Board has appointed Avery Hutchins as the station’s interim President / CEO.

WCTE Central TN PBS has served the Upper Cumberland 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner in education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is a 501(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland broadcast Council. WCTE Central TN PBS is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.

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