Tom Szczepanski has been named Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Public Television.
Szczepanski’s appointment to the new position is effective immediately, said Marty Fischhoff, director of communications for DPTV. He will oversee all aspects of the station’s operations, including developing growth strategies.
Duties of the COO role had been handled by the executive vice president of productions and operations Jeff Forster, who left the role last year but continued on as an adviser. The role has since expanded to include more responsibilities.
Szczepanski, 58, has been assistant vice president of development at the University of Michigan since 2010. There, he led marketing for the school’s $4 billion fundraising campaign. Before that, he worked in advertising for 25 years with management roles at J. Walter Thompson, BBDO, Ross Roy and other agencies. He also worked for the Detroit Free Press in advertising sales and marketing research.
He is a native of metro Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy graduate.
“With Tom joining the DPTV team, we are even better positioned to tell the story of Detroit, which we believe is, today, the most important city in America,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of DPTV.