Iowa Public Broadcasting Board elects new leadership

The Iowa Public Broadcasting Board, the governing body for Iowa PBS, today announced the election of Courtney Maxwell Greene as the network’s board president. The nine-member board also elected Angie Anderson as vice president. Greene has served on the board since 2013 and as board vice president since 2019. Anderson was appointed to the board in 2020. They were elected unanimously at the board’s August 10 meeting and will serve one-year terms.

 “I am so proud and happy to serve with my colleagues on this wonderful board and will work earnestly to carry on the strong tradition of my predecessor, Gary Steinke,” said Greene following her election. “I am honored to follow in Gary’s footsteps, and humbled to step into the same role as the late Betty Jean Furgerson, who served on this board for an unprecedented 35 years, including 20 years as president. I will work to be as passionate and smart, as tough, but also as kind as Betty was to me as a young journalist and new board member. I honor her memory today.”

Greene is the director of external partnerships and community engagement for UnityPoint Health. She worked for 15 years in television news in Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri. She also spent several years in state government as press secretary for the Iowa governor, as public information bureau chief for the Department of Public Safety and communications director and division administrator for Iowa Workforce Development. Greene has private-sector public relations experience at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and non-profit experience at AIB College of Business and the Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter.

“Courtney’s television journalism experience, her respect for the network’s history, along with her commitment to maintaining a culture of excellence at Iowa PBS are what made her the board’s clear choice as their next leader,” said Molly Phillips, executive director and general manager of the statewide public television network. “I look forward to working with her and with Angie to prepare the network for a bright future and to fulfill our mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans.”

Greene succeeds Gary Steinke, who had served as board president since 2013. Steinke will remain an active member of the board. Anderson succeeds Greene as vice president.  Anderson resides in Cherokee, Iowa, where she owns APS, a tax services business.

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