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Lee Haines accepts WPBS Foundation Executive Director Position

Lee Haines accepts WPBS Foundation Executive Director Position

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lee Haines accepts WPBS Foundation Executive Director Position
[August 9, 2012 - Riverton, WY] With a focus on underwriting, fundraising and major gifts, Lee Haines from Cody, Wyoming has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Wyoming PBS Foundation. "Nobody tells the stories of the people, history, issues, and future of Wyoming better than Wyoming PBS," said Haines. "Our challenge at the Wyoming PBS Foundation is to secure the financial future of Wyoming PBS to make sure we continue to find, research, produce, and broadcast those stories, and continue to bring quality PBS programming to Wyoming viewers."

"We were so fortunate to have a candidate of Lee's caliber apply for this position," said Wyoming PBS General Manager and Foundation President Ruby Calvert, "Lee understands what is important to Wyoming people, and knows our culture, which is critical to our mission. Plus, at a time when many of our grant sources appear to be drying up, having strong leadership at our Foundation has become even more important, and we're thrilled that Lee sees the growth potential for both the station and the Foundation".

Haines comes to the Wyoming PBS Foundation from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, where he was most recently a major gifts officer in the Development Department and helped secure financial support for the most recent Buffalo Bill Museum renovation, for education programming and for general operations.

Haines's connection to Wyoming dates to the late 1970s and early 1980s when he worked for a guest ranch and hunting camp in the Teton area for a lodging property near Yellowstone. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned his MA in Journalism. Since his return to Wyoming in 2005, Haines has been a regular volunteer at Wyoming PBS, serving as a pledge host and member of the Wyoming PBS 25th Anniversary Planning Committee.

Haines replaces former director Steve Biando, who recently passed away. Biando was hired as the first full-time Executive Director for the Foundation in 2000. Over the past 12 years, Biando raised money for many of the station's most successful projects, including the Senator Alan Simpson biography which aired in 2010, the Native American Virtual Museum project which will premiere this year, and the Kresge Foundation endowment at the Wyoming Community Foundation.