The official word: The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.
Board Chairman Dave Edwards said: “The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.”
According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, will be appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will establish an Executive Transition Committee to develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.
Schiller's tenure has included the Juan Williams fiasco and, more recently, the uproar over comments by an NPR fundraiser caught in a sleazy sting, Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian). Good Jack Shafer perspective on that matter here. I don't know if Vivian Schiller was good at her job or not. But you can get taken down when too many problems occur on your watch. (Are you listening, Jim Tressel?) And with public broadcasting facing defunding by Congress, this is not a good time for it to have another such mess.
NPR is reporting that Schiller was forced out. I never thought otherwise.