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NMSU director of broadcasting finalists to visit campus this month

The three finalists in New Mexico State University's search for a director of university broadcasting will visit the campus this month.

ected candidate will replace Bill Grigaliunas, who will retire June 30 after serving as interim director of university broadcasting.

"Public broadcasting has a very exciting future at NMSU," Grigaliunas said. "We have had excellent applicants for the director's position. Whoever is selected will provide wonderful leadership because all the candidates are outstanding."

First, Donovan Reynolds will participate in an open forum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the Corbett Center Senate Gallery, Room 304. He recently served as director of Michigan Public Media, supervising all aspects of the University of Michigan's three public radio stations and public television station. Reynolds also has served as executive director of California Public Radio and bureau chief of the Sacramento News Bureau of California Public Radio. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University.

Second, Rodolfo Casillas will meet with the public in an open forum from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the Colfax Room, Room 210, in Corbett Center. He currently serves as assistant general manager for KUAT-TV, the public television station in Tucson, Ariz. Casillas also has worked at other television stations in Tucson and Tempe, Ariz. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona.

The third candidate is Glen Cerny, who will participate in an open forum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29, in the Colfax Room, Room 210, in Corbett Center. Cerny currently is president and general manager of Pioneer Public Television, the public TV network covering western Minnesota. He has also worked at broadcast stations in St. Charles, Mo.; Toledo, Ohio; Bowling Green, Ohio; and Boston, Mass. Cerny earned a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a bachelor's degree from Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

All three candidates will be available to the media for interviews at the end of their public forums.

Maureen Howard, NMSU associate vice president for university communications and marketing services, is a member of the search committee.

"We will be evaluating the candidates in terms of their previous experience with public television and radio," she said. "We are also looking for someone with a proven track record in fundraising and local outreach. Importantly, we want a committed leader who will be here for the long term."

Bob Nosbisch
June 15, 2006