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New executive director named for Wyoming PBS Foundation

Aug 9, 2012 - From staff reports

With a focus on underwriting, fundraising and major gifts, Lee Haines, of Cody, has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Wyoming PBS Foundation.

"Nobody tells the stories of the people, history, issues, and future of Wyoming better than Wyoming PBS," said Haines. "Our challenge at the Wyoming PBS Foundation is to secure the financial future of Wyoming PBS to make sure we continue to find, research, produce and broadcast those stories, and continue to bring quality PBS programming to Wyoming viewers."

Haines comes to the Wyoming PBS Foundation from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, where he was most recently a major gifts officer in the Development Department and helped secure financial support for the most recent Buffalo Bill Museum renovation, for education programming and for general operations.

Haines's connection to Wyoming dates to the late 1970s and early 1980s when he worked for a guest ranch and hunting camp in the Teton area for a lodging property near Yellowstone. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned his degree in journalism.

Since his return to Wyoming in 2005, Haines has been a regular volunteer at Wyoming PBS, serving as a pledge host and member of the Wyoming PBS 25th Anniversary Planning Committee.

Haines replaces former director Steve Biando, who recently passed away. Biando was hired as the first full-time Executive Director for the Foundation in 2000.

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