Willard D. ("Wick") Rowland

President and CEO of Colorado Public Television

Wick Rowland, Ph.D., is the president of Colorado Public Television. Based in Denver, it is one of the nation’s first alternative PBS stations.

Mr. Rowland is dean and professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado and is a widely published scholar in communication policy, communication theory and history, and domestic and international media institutions. He has special expertise in public broadcasting, the history of the public interest and the television violence debates.

Mr. Rowland has conducted funded research and lectured widely abroad. He has supervised the work of dozens of graduate students and faculty members and has conducted many academic program and manuscript reviews. He was associate dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois and served as chair of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and on committees of several national academic professional organizations.

Mr. Rowland was the first director of research and then director of long-range planning for PBS in Washington. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, where he worked in educational broadcasting and adult literacy. In public media, he has been board chair of the Beta Group, chair of the Small Station Association and chair of the Affinity Group Coalition. He has served on many CPB and PBS advisory committees, and he is a past chair of the board of the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

The Denver Post recognized Dr. Rowland as the 2010 “television person of the year.” He received the 2009 National Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Television Stations, and was named the 2005 “Broadcast Citizen of the Year” by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. His degrees are from Stanford (B.A.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) and the University of Illinois (PhD.). He is an avid skier, sailor and hiker.

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