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From the Desk of President Neil Best: Jan 2012


Dear Friends,

It is the tradition in the first issue of the year for newsletters to offer rosy predictions for the coming months. Please indulge me if I don’t do that today. Certainly all of us at KUNC are looking forward to serving you with the best we can provide in programming during 2012. But today I am reserving this space to tell you about someone you should know about.

KUNC is governed by a 13-member board of directors that incorporated under the name Community Radio in Northern Colorado in 2001. This board is responsible for ensuring that as an organization a variety of fiduciary and regulatory obligations are met. Members of the board also have the moral responsibility to protect the interests of you, the listening audience. Board members serve three year terms and are limited to serving two consecutive terms.

Today I want to tell you about one of those board members, Vicki Sweet. On the Tuesday before Christmas, Vicki unexpectedly passed away at the age of 41. For all of us who knew Vicki, there is a hole in our hearts. 

About three years ago, a board member with accounting and auditing experience was retiring. During the search for a replacement, several people mentioned Vicki Sweet, a shareholder with Sample & Bailey, Certified Public Accountants, located in Fort Collins. Over the next several weeks, Vicki learned more about how KUNC works and in turn the board learned more about Vicki. Vicki accepted a nomination to serve on the CRNC board and was elected to a term which began June 2009.

Vicki was representative of the fellow listeners who devote time and energy to serving on the board of directors. After a year on the board, Vicki became a leader, being selected to chair the Finance Committee. During the last 18 months Vicki was instrumental in a number of areas: providing oversight to the financial implications of relocating offices and studios, rewriting the station endowment polices, creating guidelines for endowment funds use, and coordinating the Finance Committee’s discussion and decisions in the selection of both audit firms and investment managers.

All of this is important business, but most importantly Vicki was always aware of her responsibility to represent you, the KUNC listeners to the very best of her ability.

All of us at KUNC extend our sympathy to her family, including her nieces who she adored, her colleagues at Sample & Bailey, those she worked with at Platteville Dance, the many clients she assisted throughout northern Colorado, and her many friends.

Thanks for reading,

President & CEO

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