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NPR Adds to Board

Oliver and Sheikholeslami to take seats immediately

LaFontaine Oliver.
Photo by Kim Chade/WMFEi

National Public Radio has announced two new Board of Directors members, LaFontaine E. Oliver and Goli Sheikholeslami.

Oliver is president and general manager of WMFE(FM) in Orlando, Fla., while Sheikholeslami is president and CEO of WBEZ(FM) in Chicago.

They will occupy new “Member Director” seats that were recently enabled by a change in NPR bylaws. There will now be 23 directors: 12 Member Directors, nine Public Directors, the NPR Foundation Chair and the NPR President and CEO.

Goli Sheikholeslami It should be noted that the new additions are partial terms. Oliver’s will end in November 2016 while Sheikholeslami’s term extends to November 2018. Both will be eligible for the standard three-year term after the partial terms conclude.

Chairman of the NPR Board Roger LaMay said, “We look forward to the wealth of experience and diversity of perspectives that LaFontaine and Goli will bring to the NPR Board.”