Editor/Manager Hiring 2013-2014

Important dates for students considering leadership positions for 2013-2014—

  • Position papers for student leader applicants will be due Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at noon.
  • The candidate forum will be Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
  • Advisory board meetings will take place between Feb. 22 and March 11, 2013
  • Spring break is March 4-8, 2013.
  • Board meeting for official hiring of student leaders is March 12, 2013.

Applications for Student Media leaders for the 2013-2014 academic year will open in January 2013. A POSITION PACKAGE from each applicant will be due Thursday, Feb. 21 at noon to 307 Witherspoon. The next two steps in the application process are the candidate forum and advisory board meeting.

On Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. all applicants will appear at a public CANDIDATE FORUM to answer questions about their vision for Agromeck, the Business Office, Nubian Message, TechnicianWindhover, and WKNC 88.1 FM. The forum, in 201 Witherspoon, is a public meeting open to anyone who wants to attend.

ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS will convene between Feb. 22 and March 11 for each of the four media groupings - newspaper, broadcast, annual publications, and the business office. N.C. State's spring break is March 4-8, during which no meetings will be scheduled.

The final step is the full STUDENT MEDIA BOARD MEETING on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in location TBA. During the meeting, a member from each individual advisory board will make a recommendation to the Student Media Board. The Board may then accept the recommendation and hire that candidate, reject the recommendation and interview the candidate(s), or choose to hire no candidate and reopen applications.

NEWSPAPER ADVISORY BOARD to interview the candidate(s) for Nubian Message and Technician editor.

Meeting: Date, time and location TBA


  1. Paul Ruddle, doctoral student, crop science, SBP appointed Student Media Board member
  2. Mark Herring, editor, Technician
  3. Kierra Leggett, editor, Nubian Message
  4. Michael Biesecker, reporter, Associated Press, appointed professional Student Media Board member
  5. Dick Reavis, associate professor, English department
  6. Toni Thorpe, program coordinator, African American Cultural Center
  7. Nancy Wylke, DSS volunteer program coordinator, Volunteer Center of Durham
  8. Ben McNeely, senior web producer, News 14 Carolina
  9. Tyler Dukes, managing editor, Reporters’ Lab

Facilitator:  Patrick Neal, director of student media advising

BROADCAST MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD to interview the candidate(s) for WKNC general manager.

Meeting: Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Witherspoon


  1. Michael Jones, general manager, WKNC 88.1 FM
  2. Jim Rothschild, director of station operations, WRAL, appointed professional Student Media Board member
  3. Dean Phillips, lecturer, communication department, appointed academic Student Media Board member
  4. Kelly McCullen, producer/reporter/anchor, UNC-TV, former WKNC DJ
  5. Joe Ovies, 99.9 The Fan afternoon radio co-host, former WKNC general manager,

Facilitator: Jamie Lynn Gilbert, assistant coordinator of student media advising

ANNUAL PUBLICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD to interview the candidate(s) for Agromeck and Windhover editor. 

Meeting: Date, time and location TBA


  1. Victoria Melbourne, senior, political science, SPB appointed Student Media Board member
  2. Alex Sanchez, editor, Agromeck
  3. Lisa Dickson, editor, Windhover
  4. Laura Zeff Schuchart, principal of Zeff Consulting, Inc., appointed professional Student Media Board member
  5. John Cooper Elias, marketing coordinator, Carolina Hurricanes, former Agromeck editor
  6. Britt Hayes, senior graphic designer, Gamil Design, former Windhover editor
  7. Susannah Brinkley, freelance graphic designer, former Agromeck editor
  8. Michele Chandler, account coordinator, Crossroads Public Relations, former Agromeck editor

Facilitator: Martha Collins, administrative and annual publications coordinator

BUSINESS OFFICE ADVISORY BOARD to interview the candidate(s) for Student Media’s business office manager.

Meeting: Date, time and location TBA


  1. Katherine Trapp, senior, business administration, Lonnie Poole College of Management appointed Student Media Board member
  2. Olivia Pope, business office manager, Student Media
  3. Mike Hartel, vice president and general manager, Curtis Media Group
  4. Lauren Sundberg, communication coordinator, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  5. Kellie Brys, promotions specialist, Time Warner Cable Media
  6. Robbie Williams, energy solutions account executive, Schneider Electric
  7. Amy Callahan, business to business advertising coordinator, John Deere
  8. Chanon Smith, pharmaceutical service specialist, AstraZeneca

Facilitator: Krystal Baker, business and marketing coordinator


  • Facilitators are ex-officio, non-voting members. Editors do not vote on their successors.
  • The advisory board for the business office makes the final decision. No Student Media Board action is required on this position.
  • All meetings are open to the public.
  • Candidates should not sit in on the statements or interviews of other candidates for the same position.
  • The advisory board may move into executive (closed) session for deliberations.