MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION
Regular Telephonic Meeting of the Board of Directors
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Directors present: Perry Sansing, Chair, David Allen, Vice-Chair and Pete Smith
Directors absent: Eric Clark, Alan Perry and Bob Sawyer
Directors participating telephonically: None
Staff present: Ronnie Agnew, Teresa Collier, Roy Davis, Ryanne Duffie-Saucier, Ed Ellington, Jason Klein, Claudia Morris, Paul Moore, Maggie Stevenson, Henry Williams and Tara Wren
Others present: Senator David Blount, Lee Ann Mayo, Foundation staff and board members
THERE WAS NOT A QUORUM PRESENT TO CONDUCT BUSINESS
ADDRESS BY SENATOR DAVID BLOUNT
Ann Becker opened the meeting by addressing the two boards to explain Day at the Capitol.
Ronnie Agnew reported that MPB’s hearing before the House SubCommittee on Finance went well, and the outlook seems good.
MPB Board Chair Perry Sansing introduced Lee Ann Mayo of Capitol Resources who introduced Senator David Blount.
Senator David Blount encouraged MPB and the Foundation to educate our senators and representatives regarding the benefits of MPB and to stand up for our place as the best advertisement of the state.
[Senator Blount exited the meeting.]
Lee Ann Mayo stated that MPB’s request for level funding was well-received.
Ronnie Agnew recognized Maggie Stevenson to give update on the American Graduate grant activities
Maggie Stevenson noted that MPB is one of 33 stations in the country receiving this 18-month grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Maggie Stevenson added that the funds will be useful for expansion of distance learning efforts and for forming partnerships.
Ronnie Agnew reported that StoryCorps (national radio show) will be present in Jackson February 5 – March 6, recording stories from the Jackson-metro area. Ronnie Agnew added that Governor Winter will be part of the opening ceremony.
LeAnne Brewer stated that the Foundation has partnerships with Batte Furniture and Renasant Bank for events scheduled around Downton Abbey.
LeAnne Brewer noted that Drive monies are behind in comparison to other years, but that the decrease is due to increased sustainer giving.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.