published on November 13, 2019 - 2:21 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

ValleyPBS has announced Lorenzo Rios as its interim president and CEO.

Rios currently serves as the CEO of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District (CVMD) and has served as a member of the ValleyPBS board of directors since 2016.

“Lorenzo’s leadership has been invaluable throughout the station’s reorganization and digital transformation,” said ValleyPBS Board Chair Karen Musson. “He has improved operations and assisted in developing a creative, dedicated and talented team of professionals. Lorenzo is a visionary and strategic leader and we are grateful to Clovis Veterans Memorial District for their continued support of ValleyPBS”

Rios will serve as interim CEO of ValleyPBS and will continue his duties as CEO of the Veterans Memorial District.

CMVD Board Chairman Tom Wright said that ValleyPBS’ and CVMD’s missions have an overlap and that Rios will fill in the role perfectly.

“This is a move that will not interfere with operations of the Memorial District,” said Wright. “Lorenzo has incredible organizational and leadership skills that will be well-suited to ValleyPBS’s needs. As we have seen demonstrated at CVMD under his management over the past four years, Lorenzo will most certainly use his talents to position and grow ValleyPBS’s operation for bigger and better things.”

Rios has served as CEO of CVMD since 2015 and is a decorated Army and Marine Corps veteran with 23 years of service. He is also the current president-elect of the Rotary Club of Clovis.

“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to work alongside professionals from two remarkable organizations that are so passionate about advancing their missions — whether it is the Memorial District’s that advocates for veterans and their families past and present, or ValleyPBS’s who serves as the Valley’s Preschool, Classroom, Stage for the Arts and Lens of Exploration. Both organizations educate and inspire our community by celebrating the beauty of our Valley,” Rios said. “I feel that my service to my country and to my community is enhanced by this opportunity.”

Previous CEO Jenny Toste’s contract with the station was terminated in June for undisclosed reasons after seven months.

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