Edgar Wachenheim, III Named Chairman of WNET’s Board of Trustees
New York, NY – Edgar Wachenheim, III, CEO and Chairman of Greenhaven Associates, Inc., has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees of WNET, parent company of New York’s PBS stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV. He takes over from James S. Tisch, who led WNET’s Board for 11 years.
“Ed’s vast experience and fundamental understanding of the complex issues facing non-profit cultural institutions will be a great asset as we head into the next chapter,” said Neal Shapiro, President & CEO of WNET. “We look forward to working closely with Ed, and the entire WNET Board, as we continue to work to bring quality content and meaningful experiences to the tri-state region and beyond.”
“I am honored to take the helm of WNET’s Board and look forward to working closely with the Board and senior management team to bolster WNET’s financial strength and enhance its ability to create media with impact for viewers, wherever they are watching, in our community and nationwide,” said Wachenheim. “I am honored to succeed Jim, who has gracefully led WNET through the significant changes in the media and non-profit sectors for the last decade.”
Incoming chairman Wachenheim is Vice Chairman of the Board of Central National-Gottesman Inc., and sits on the board of the Museum of Modern Art, where he is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive and Investment Committees, and the New York Public Library, where he was former Chair of the Executive Committee and former Chair of the Investment Committee (of which he is still a member). Wachenheim is Trustee Emeritus of both Skidmore College, where he served as Vice Chair, and Rye Country Day School, where he was also Board President.
Previously, Wachenheim was a Trustee of UJA-Federation, New York Foundation, and Arthur Ross Foundation. He was also on the Board of Directors of Interstate Brands and several other smaller publicly owned corporations. Wachenheim joined the WNET board in 2016.
Wachenheim is a graduate of Williams College. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a first-year Baker Scholar.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.