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Alex Lee Leadership Series to Present WFAE Radio Station President

Thu Feb 27 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — As part of the 2014 Alex Lee Leadership Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will present Mr. Roger Sarow, Wednesday, March 5 in the McCrorie, Fintel classroom at 6 p.m. Sarow will speak on the topic of Leadership in the World of Media.

Sarow is President and General Manager of public radio station WFAE in Charlotte, NC, a position he has held since 1988. He has spent more than 30 years in public radio at stations across the country, previously managing WEKU at Eastern Kentucky University and serving as Program Director at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Sarow was elected to the board of directors of National Public Radio in 2008, and currently serves as the chair of NPR’s Finance Committee.

He was chair of the board of the Public Radio Program Directors’ Association from 1991 to 1994, where he led the national organization’s strategic planning. He has also chaired both the board of Southern Public Radio and the North Carolina Public Radio Association.

Today, Sarow is also an adjunct faculty member in the Communications Department at Winthrop University where his wife, Dr. Marilyn Sarow, is a professor of Mass Communications.

The remaining speakers in the Alex Lee Leadership Series incluce: Mr. Clark Kinlin, CEO Corning Cable Systems, speaking March 26 on Global Leadership; Ms. Kathryn Greathouse, Co-Chair United Arts Council of Catawba County, speaking April 9 on Leadership in the Non-Profit World; and Col Lee Ellis, Author of Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, speaking April 23 on Leadership When Called.

For more information on the Alex Lee Leadership Series, please contact Clem Geitner at

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