Twin Cities PBS Announces CEO Transition Plan


(ST. PAUL, Minn., January 22, 2019) ─ The Board of Trustees of Twin Cities PBS (TPT) has recently completed a comprehensive national search for a new CEO and President, and has decided to set in place a nine-month plan to transition its current Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Dean Orton, to assume that role.

Effective immediately, Mr. Orton will be promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Twin Cities PBS, and will assume responsibilities for the day-to-day management of the organization.  James R. Pagliarini, TPT’s current President and CEO, will retain that position on a part-time basis, focusing his energies on supporting the transition, the station’s strategic fundraising efforts, and continuing to oversee TPT’s national Digital Publishing unit.

“National searches for CEOs sometimes conclude that the best person for the job is already within the organization.  That is true for TPT,” said Sally Mullen, Immediate Past Chair of the TPT Board of Trustees.  “We look forward to working with Dean to ensure his success.”

Orton entered the world of public media in 1993.  He led fundraising, community partnership development, and operations at public television stations in Appleton, MN, Bethlehem, PA, St. Louis, MO and Hartford, CT before joining TPT as Chief Operating Officer in 2016.  During his tenure, TPT has accelerated its transformation into a multi-media, multi-platform public media organization; improved the way it measures its impact on the communities it serves; and launched a range of new initiatives including, One Greater Minnesota, and a new year-round local history series called Minnesota Experience.

“I am pleased to work closely with Dean over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition,” said TPT’s Pagliarini.  “He has the right experience, understands and appreciates the Twin Cities and Minnesota, and will lead this thriving organization into a new era of enriching lives and strengthening communities through public media.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Hubler, 651-229-1363, [email protected]

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