updated: 6/27/2008 2:10:12 PM
Joan Baumgartner Brown has been selected as president and general manager of Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR). The veteran local nonprofit leader will oversee operations at Classical 94.1 FM and NEWS & Jazz 89.1 FM. Brown will replacing Bruce Haines beginning August 4.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Longtime local nonprofit executive Joan Baumgartner Brown will lead the local public radio stations into the future, having been selected the new President and General Manager by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors on Wednesday night. She starts Aug. 4, replacing Bruce Haines.
Brown will be the new leader of Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR), which broadcasts Classical 94.1 FM and NEWS & Jazz 89.1 FM. This position was previously held by Haines before he became President and CEO of WFWA PBS 39.
“I can’t say enough about how privileged I feel to join this talented staff and committed Board of Directors at a time of opportunity for growth and service to the community,” Brown said after the board’s vote. “Opportunities abound for public radio to continue to enhance people’s lives through music, culture, news and information, and much more. From the standpoint of both great people and
advanced technology, NIPR is poised to be one of the most relevant community assets that helps define life in Northeast Indiana.”
Brown will lead a veteran staff that is steeped in experience in public radio programming, fundraising, and technology.
“Joan Brown is the right person to lead our members into the future of public radio,” said Elizabeth Frederick, chair of the board of Northeast Indiana Public Radio. “We have such a seasoned staff with deep knowledge of public radio. With Joan Brown coming on board, they’ll have new leader with a track record of innovation and proven leadership in the local nonprofit community,” Frederick said.
“She enters our organization at such a dynamic time and truly has an amazing opportunity to make a lasting impact on NIPR and all those who reap benefits from its programming,” Frederick said. “One of the things that is really impressive about Joan Brown is her extensive financial experience. When she laid out her vision for the organization, she truly inspired confidence in the board with her leadership prowess. She is the total package, and we know that
everything is in good hands.” Vice Chair, Catherine Wilcox, was the head of the search committee. “It was an extremely rigorous process because so many tremendously qualified candidates were interviewed, but everything with Joan Brown just inspired such confidence with the committee and the board. Her caliber and depth of management experience and her diverse leadership roles within the arts and nonprofit community led to our decision,” said Wilcox. “She has a reputation for innovation and a love of this community,” Wilcox said. “Joan Brown has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, visioning, program and
campaign design, staff motivation and supervision, and volunteer management,” Wilcox said.
“She has keen budgeting and projection skills, with attention to identifying trends and
establishing realistic, challenging goals. She demonstrated to us that she has been an effective,
respectful leader with genuine appreciation for the diverse strengths and skills of others.”
NIPR is in the midst of its $2.2 million capital campaign, Campaign for the Classics, which
delivers classical music to hundreds of thousands of households in the region where classical
music had been unavailable on the radio. The campaign will attract new members and will
benefit all of NIPR’s listeners, whether they enjoy news, classical music or jazz.
Brown’s experience includes campaign management, donor and member cultivation, solicitation
and financial management. She received her B.A. in Management from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and has completed extensive continuing education in development and organizational management and graduate work at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Brown most recently served as the chief development officer for Sojourners, a national
organization in Washington, D.C. She designed a new geographic development model to provide
better service to donors.
Prior to that, Brown was executive director for philanthropy operations for Parkview Health.
Brown served as the senior development officer for this 6,500-employee organization and
represented the health system throughout the community and collaborated with top executives at
corporations, foundations and other non-profits in developing programs to address disparities in
healthcare. Brown managed corporate, foundation and community relationships.
She spent five years as the director of development for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She
worked in close association with department leaders to provide oversight for the $4.2 million
Prior to her role with the Philharmonic, Brown was executive director of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Adams and Wells Counties.
Brown has two sons, Alex, a graduate student in communications at Ball State, and Graham, a
junior majoring in entrepreneurial business at Anderson University.
Source: Northeast Indiana Public Radio