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NRB Aims to Stay on Wright Path

President and CEO to step down Oct. 4 7/08/2013 12:01:00 AM Eastern

The National Religious Broadcasters
will enter the year-end
holiday season with a new exec
in charge.

Frank Wright, who announced
his intentions to step down in
a March 18 letter to NRB board
members, will depart Oct. 4 after
10 years as president and CEO. The
NRB is an international consortium
of Christian radio and TV stations.

“While the NRB faces many
significant challenges in our day,”
Wright said in an open letter three
days after notifying NRB board
members, “I am fully persuaded
that a season of even greater ministry
effectiveness lies ahead.”

A search for Wright’s successor
has been under way since, with
NRB board chairman Rich Bott
leading the effort. “We appreciate
Frank’s 10 years of dedicated
service and stellar performance
as NRB’s president and CEO,” Bott
wrote to board members March
19. “We especially appreciate
the top-notch team of dedicated
professionals he has assembled
to do the work of NRB, serve our
membership and protect religious
free speech on Capitol Hill.”

Bott, president and CEO of the
Bott Radio Network, is joined
on the search committee by Bill
Blount (Blount Communications);
Peggy Campbell (Ambassador
Advertising Agency); Roger Kemp
(Roger Kemp and Co.); Michael
Little (Christian Broadcasting Network);
and Tom McCabe (Pursuant

Wright “has been an outstanding
president and CEO,” Little,
who was also on the search committee
that found Wright 10 years
ago, told B&C. “He very quickly
rose to the top.” Little said that
Wright beat out a
list that included
former members
of Congress.

“I think [Wright]
has been the man
for the hour,” said
Little. “He brings
a level of intellectual
and deep spiritual
commitment that
sets a very high
bar for his replacement.”

Little said
the committee
is looking
for “experience and strength in
leadership” in Wright’s successor.
He continued that knowledge of
digital media, something the NRB
has been pushing—especially at
its annual conventions—will be a
major determining factor, as well
as connections on Capitol Hill,
something Wright
was known for

Little said that
they already have
“two or three”
strong candidates.

With a little
less than three
months until
Wright officially
ends his tenure
with the NRB,
Little was mum
on an exact target
date to select the
new president
and CEO. “I would
imagine within the next three to
six months,” he said, adding that
he hopes it is closer to three.

Wright has not announced his
future plans. “He leaves the organization
a great deal stronger
than when he [started],” Little