Walter Parsons Joins Centrum Board

Centrum Board Chair, Leah Mitchell, announced today (2/4/21) that retired media consultant, Walter Parsons, has joined the Centrum Board as of the organization’s January 2021 meeting. Parsons was Chief Operating Officer at KCTS-9 in Seattle for 15 years and is a founding board member of the Port Townsend Meditation Center, a member of the board finance committee of The Merwin Conservancy in Hawaii, and a founding board member of Silent Academy, a Port Townsend literary and visual art publisher.

“Centrum is honored to welcome Walter to our Board,” said Mitchell. “He has been a member of our finance committee for several years, and we’re thrilled that Walter has found the time to deepen his involvement with Centrum as we weigh significant growth opportunities for our future. He brings a wealth of experience both in the arts as well as in leading boards, and a high degree of strategic advice and nuance to our long-term planning. We are fortunate to be among his many volunteer commitments at this time.”


Walter Parsons’ twelve years of consulting work includes leading large industry-wide efforts as well as extensive work with leadership at individual public radio and TV stations across the United States. Before joining KCTS-9 he was a financial and planning executive with Exxon Corporation. He has a BSE from the University of Michigan, an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Walter was a board member, vice president, treasurer and member of fundraising and capital campaign steering committees for Seattle’s On the Boards from 1992-1998, he served six years as the president of Henry Gallery and three as its finance chair and was on its executive committee for almost fifteen years, he was board president, vice-president and chair of the finance committee for Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend from 2002 to 2011, and was board president, chair of the strategic planning steering committee, chair of the development strategic planning steering committee, treasurer and chair of the finance committee, chair of the capital campaign steering committee and member of the construction, and executive committees for The Bush School in Seattle from 1998 to 2009.

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