June 24, 2011

Petrowich named to Humanities Council board

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Greg Petrowich, executive director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's WSIU Public Broadcasting, will be a member of the Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors.

Petrowich’s three-year term begins July 1. The terms can be renewable twice for a total of nine years on the board. He will be one of approximately 36 board members.

The private nonprofit educational organization is “dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities,” according to its website. The organization receives funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Petrowich oversees operation of WSIU’s three public radio stations -- WSIU, WUSI and WVSI; two PBS stations -- WSIU and WUSI; and the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service. WSIU Public Broadcasting is within the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Prior to coming to WSIU in April 2009, Petrowich was chief executive for seven years of KUAC-FM/TV/DT -- the public broadcasting stations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to that, he managed KRCU-FM, the public radio service at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, from May 1996 to April 2002. He also served as operations director at the station from August 1991 to May 1996.

Petrowich earned his bachelor’s degree in radio-television from SIUC in 1991.

He is currently on the board of directors for National Public Radio, and the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast.