The general manager of Austin public radio stations 90.5 KUT-FM and 98.9 KUTX-FM will depart this summer.
Colorado Public Radio said Friday that it has hired Stewart Vanderwilt as its next president and CEO.
Vandwerwilt, who has been in his current role since 2000, will start his new job in June.
“Colorado Public Radio is already a leader in the public radio industry and across Colorado, as evidenced by its statewide reach, strong membership base and dedicated staff,” Vanderwilt said in a written statement. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute my expertise in content creation, management and fundraising to help CPR further its mission and become an even more vital resource to the Colorado community.”
KUT and KUTX expect to name an interim general manager prior to Vanderwilt’s departure, according to Jay Bernhardt, dean of the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, where the stations are based.
“Stewart has led KUT and KUTX on a continuous path of growth, innovation and public service for 18 years and we wish him the best with Colorado Public Radio,” Bernhardt said. “Our two public radio stations play a critical role in our community and in our college and we will do everything we can to strongly support our talented team during this time of leadership transition.”
In addition to his role as general manager of the two stations, Vanderwilt was named UT’s assistant dean for media operations in 2014.
“Working with the team at KUT, KUTX and the Moody College has been an exceptionally rewarding experience,” Vanderwilt said. “The listeners and community of Austin and Texas deserve the best that public radio has to offer, and they have provided the support to make it so.”