A founding member of Nevada County Television has returned to administer the public broadcaster until it finds a more permanent executive director.
Lew Sitzer, who was the founding executive director of NCTV in 2004, was appointed as the interim executive director by the station’s board of directors, effective immediately.
“Lew proposed to the board of directors to serve in a voluntary capacity at the Media Center,” the board said in a statement. “His focus will be on building the organization, including our flagship operation NCTV, back to full strength through fund development and increased community programming.”
Sitzer, who helped build and direct the station before leaving in 2009 to care for his late wife, Eddy, will serve in a volunteer capacity, he told NCTV members in an email Thursday.
“Lew will have the full authority of a paid (executive director), including day-to-day operational authority, plus the full scope of typical (executive director) responsibilities,” the board said. “The board is very pleased to have someone with Lew’s experience to step into a leadership position and will work closely with him to move the organization forward.”
Sitzer was replaced by Paul Minicucci, who resigned in March 2012 as NCTV moved into the Nevada City Tech Park on Providence Mine Road, a location subleased from Grass Valley USA (formerly known as Grass Valley Group).
Previously NCTV, also known as the Nevada County Digital Media Center, had operated out of the old armory building off Zion Street in Nevada City.
Minicucci’s departure after two years in the post stirred some controversy among members, producers and the board of directors, which more recently saw a shift in its own makeup as five new board members came aboard.
During this process, the Media Center hired Emma Santa at the end of March as its part-time interim executive director for a six-month period.
Sitzer’s return ends a period lacking an executive director as the organization settles into its new state-of-the-art facility — a process aided by an $18,000 fund drive in October.
Sitzer taught communication, history and government in Nevada County from 1971 until his retirement in 2006, according to a statement from the NCTV board of directors.
He has extensive experience in organizational start-ups, including Sunflower School, Sierra Mountain High School, Bear River High School and United Way in Romania.
Sitzer and his wife also volunteered in Romanian orphanages from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, he was involved in civil rights work in Mississippi and refugee work during the Vietnam War.
Sitzer’s vision is to bring together nonprofits, the arts, media, government and the schools to meet the needs of our community, the board said.
“I’d like to build a vibrant and diverse collaboration that features the many talents we have in our community,” Sitzer said in a statement.
The Union was unable to reach Sitzer as of press time Friday.
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