Board of Trustees

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Gary Vergason
Chairperson

Heather Struck
Vice Chair

Glenn Small
Secretary/Treasurer

Greg Catlin
President & CEO

Anne C. Bailey
Carol Beechy, M.D.
Allen Buyck
Philip A. Cali
Elizabeth Chilton, Ph.D.
Rakiba Chowdhury
Madeleine Cotts

Barbara Ellis
Lisa Farman (Barnard), Ph.D.
Katherine Fitzgerald, Esq.
Ben Guenther 
Hon. Ferris Lebous 
Adam McCauley, CPA
Laurie Newman 
Marlene Schwartz Patrick

Margaret Wood
Honorary Trustee

Heather M. Cornell, Esq.  (Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP)
WSKG General Counsel

(updated 08/22/2019)

Board and committee meetings are open to the public.  All meetings will be held at WSKG’s Studios in Vestal, New York, unless otherwise noted.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETINGS

To begin at 5:30 PM in the Hoyt Conference Room.

  • August 27, 2019
  • October 29, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 28, 2020
  • June 23, 2020 (Annual Meeting)

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

To begin at 3:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) in the Garbade Conference Room.

  • July 17, 2019 (cancelled)
  • August 8, 2019
  • September 18, 2019
  • November 20, 2019
  • January 15, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • May 20, 2020

FINANCE/AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

To begin at 2:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) in the Garbade Conference Room.

  • July 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • August 20, 2019
  • September 24, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019 
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020
  • June 16, 2020

FIDUCIARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

To begin immediately after the Finance/Audit committee adjourns (unless otherwise noted) in the Garbade Conference Room.

  • July 30, 2019
  • August 20, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

GOVERNANCE/NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

To begin at 3:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) in the Garbade Conference Room.

  • August 6, 2019 (cancelled)
  • October 1, 2019
  • December 3, 2019
  • February 4, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • June 2, 2020

ENDOWMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

To begin at 2:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) in the Garbade Conference Room.

  • July 24, 2019 (cancelled)
  • October 16, 2019
  • January 22, 2020
  • April 15, 2020

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Executive Committee met July 9, 2019, to discuss matters of personnel and proprietary concern.

NOTIFICATION FOR SPECIFIED MEETINGS

Reasonable notice of all company Board of Trustees, Board Committee, and Advisory Board ”meetings”(1) will be made at least one week prior to the meeting.  The notices will appear on WSKG’s web page.

The station will give advance notice of the fact that a regularly scheduled meeting, which is usually open to the public, will be “closed”(2) and the notice of the closing will be disseminated in the same manner as the notice of an open meeting.  If a meeting or portion of a meeting is closed to the public, a written statement containing an explanation of the reasons for closing the meeting will be made available to the public within a reasonable time thereafter or, in the alternative, the written explanation for a closed meeting will be made available to the public at the offices of WSKG or a copy of the explanation will be mailed to any person requesting one.

Persons specifically requesting to be notified of meetings will be informed by letter, e-mail, facsimile, or phone at least one week prior to the meeting.

At least once each quarter, the station will make on-air announcements for at least three consecutive days to explain the station’s open meeting policy and provide information about how the public can obtain information regarding specific dates, times, and locations.

Copies of the minutes of all open meetings will be made available to the public upon request.  A reasonable charge to cover copying or mailing costs may be considered for this service.  If a member of the public wishes to inspect the minutes at the station, it would not be unreasonable to require an appointment be made with the station as long as the process is not burdensome to the public.

(1) The term “meeting” means the deliberations of at least the number of members of a governing or advisory body, or any committee thereof, required to take action on behalf of such body or committee where such deliberations determine or result in the joint conduct or disposition of the governing or advisory body’s business, or the committee’s business, as the case may be, but only to the extent that such deliberations relate to public broadcasting.

(2) The law provides exceptions to the open meeting requirement.  “Closed” sessions can be conducted to consider matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, litigation, and other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of WSKG.

POLICY ON PUBLIC COMMENT

The WSKG Board of Trustees (“Board”) welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its meetings.  So that the process will be efficient and productive, the following protocol is established.

A “Public Comment” line will be included in the agenda for regular Board of Trustees’ meetings which will be placed after all Committee Reports and before Trustee Comments.

Public comments, and any matter submitted, where a response is requested from the Board must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) and submitted to WSKG’s Chief Executive Officer at least five (5) business days prior to the next Board meeting.  All written responses will be reviewed by WSKG’s General Counsel and will be entered in the public file of the corporation.  The total time for public comments will be limited to twenty (20) minutes, with each person limited up to five (5) minutes. Priority recognition will be given to those persons who have not previously addressed the Board.

Written inquiries sent to the Board, or comments made at Board meetings, must be relevant to the Board’s functions and responsibilities, i.e., station mission, policy, finances, strategic planning, and must not address issues to which the Board has responded in the previous nine (9) months, a determination of which will be made by the Chair.

This policy is subject to cancellation or modification, at any time, in the discretion of the Board.

This policy will be published on WSKG’s web site, will be available at WSKG’s front desk, and will be handed out to the public at Board meetings.

WSKG’s management and staff are also available to hear and respond to public comments.  To submit a comment to WSKG directly, rather than the Board of Trustees, please click here.