New Executive Director Named for CU's Presidents Leadership Institute

Published: Jan. 11, 2010

Stephen Grace, former general manager of the largest educational cable access channel in the United States and a producer for NBC's "Today" show, has been appointed executive director of the Presidents Leadership Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The institute is home of the nationally recognized Presidents Leadership Class, a rigorous academic and experiential four-year leadership training program for top CU-Boulder students. Each year 50 of CU's top entering freshmen are selected to be PLC Scholars and awarded merit-based scholarships.

Grace has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, broadcast journalism and academia. He served as president of the Los Angeles Cable Television Access Corporation and as general manager of cable access channel LA36. During his tenure he raised more than $2 million in grants and production fees and built closer ties to the community and local colleges and universities. He won an Emmy Award for local programming and the Carrie Chapman Leadership Award from the League of Women Voters for his efforts to broadcast local election information.

As a producer for the "Today" show, Grace traveled around the world to produce segments and programs for NBC News. He later was a founding partner of Popular Arts Entertainment, one of the largest independent news production groups in the United States.

Grace more recently served as an adjunct faculty member in communications studies at California State University Los Angeles, where he specialized in new media and technology. He began his career at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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