Cox to Step Down as CPB President

Apr 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Kathleen Cox is leaving her post as president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to a statement posted on the CPB Web site Friday.

Ken Ferree, the former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau, who was hired a month ago to be the CPB’s CEO, is to act as interim CPB president during a search for Ms. Cox’s successor, according to the statement, which was attributed to Ms. Cox and to Kenneth Tomlinson, the chairman of the CPB board of directors.

Attempts to reach a CPB spokeswoman for further comment were unsuccessful.

Ms. Cox joined the CPB in June 1997 as associate general counsel. She was named CEO in July 2004 and was charged with transforming the nonprofit agency-which channels much funding to public TV and radio programs, in keeping with findings of a study conducted by the McKinsey consulting firm-according to the statement.

“Now that the McKinsey process is completed, Kathleen and the board believe that the time is right for new executive leadership at CPB,” said the statement, which said Ms. Cox’s CEO contract was for a year only.