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Grand Rapids Community Media Center announces new leadership

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After a search that included a pool of over 70 applicants, the CMC has selected Linda Gellasch to continue the legacy of inclusive access and free speech with her role as our new Executive Director.

The search for the next leader for our organization has ended, after reviewing a pool of more than 70 applicants for the position. The Grand Rapids Community Media Center has promoted Director of Finance and Operations Linda Gellasch to fill the recently vacated Executive Director position.

Gellasch, who has been with the media center for 13 years, began her new role Sept. 1.

During her tenure, Gellasch has served the Community Media Center and has successfully managed day-to-day operations, filling in during previous leadership transitions, and always providing a steady hand in fiscal matters. She's also been more broadly known to our wide audience through her time in the booth of WYCE 88.1 FM, playing music, as well as through her thoughtful discourse on Catalyst Radio.

Gellasch was chosen not only for her longevity within the organization, but because of her vision, her familiarity with the people of our community, her open-minded fairness on matters for which we all share a great passion and because of her ability to perform difficult tasks under pressure.

“The search and hire committee, and the board as a whole, was overwhelmed by her ability to connect on an individual level,” Board President Patrick Revere says. “She conveys a passionate message about the organization’s mission of free speech and inclusiveness, has the trust of her colleagues and provides a compelling vision for the future. We could not be more pleased with her eagerness and ability to fill this very important role in the community.”

Former Executive Director Tom Clinton stepped down from his position at the end of July to focus his efforts on continuing interests with SiTE:LAB, a nonprofit arts organization that partners to turn underutilized spaces into training grounds and public art experiences for students, other aspiring creatives and established artists.

After humble beginnings as a public access TV station 30-plus years ago, the Grand Rapids Community Media Center has become a thriving, multi-platform media and technology assistance organization. The center provides training and support within a variety of community resources including, WYCE 88.1 FM, Wealthy Theatre, The Rapidian, and GRTV, where it all began.

In the mission to build community through media, GRCMC gathers new tools and knowledge to teach, problem-solve and serve the media and technology needs of residents, organizations, neighborhoods and local collaborations.

By introducing audiences to new voices and ideas on stage, screen and over the air, the media center enhances community engagement and creates valuable interpersonal connections.

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