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Calvert to step down as public television chief

Nov 16, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Wyoming PBS general manager Ruby Calvert has announced her intention to retire by June 30, 2013.

"It was a very difficult decision," Calvert said Monday during a Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees meeting. "It's still difficult. But I think it's a good time, for both me and the station."

Calvert has worked for the state's sole public television station for 31 years.

She recommended her replacement be someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who is ready to "tackle some new initiatives and really get out there and find some new revenue streams."

"It's a time to really be thinking about what kind of business plan the station may have to develop over the next two to five years," Calvert said. "I think the writing's on the wall about reducing grants for the federal and state government perhaps."

Calvert envisioned a lot of work for the future WPBS general manager, but she said the effort is worthwhile.

"I really do believe the (Wyoming PBS) mission is one we just have to have in Wyoming," Calvert said. "I believe public television should not go away. It should be here for my grandkids, and yours too."

She thanked board members for their support, and trustees acknowledged the service she has given to CWC and Wyoming PBS.

"I know it would not be where it is today in the state without you and your hard work," trustee Frank Welty said. "We really appreciate it."

Trustee Roger Gose said Calvert is irreplaceable in the organization.

"When Ruby really does leave us, we're going to lose a very important ambassador at the national level," Gose said. "I've seen her in action with our legislative members in Congress, and she's very articulate and persuasive."

CWC President Jo Anne McFarland is working to formulate a search committee that will begin looking for a new general manager for Wyoming PBS. She said she would keep the board updated on her progress.

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