The Board of Trustees for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network has announced that a search committee made up of current and past trustees has begun the process of conducting a search for its next chief executive. The committee board has retained the services of Tom Livingston, president of Livingston Associates, to oversee the search.

Jim Dowe, the network’s leader since April of 2006, announced last year his intent to retire at the end of 2011.

Terrence J. MacTaggart, a former Chancellor of the University of Maine System and former MPBN Trustee, leads the organization’s search committee. “In light of the tremendous support for public broadcasting demonstrated throughout all of Maine, and given the overall strength of this organization, we expect there to be a great deal of interest in leading MPBN’s next phase,” said MacTaggart in a news release.

Persons interested in learning more about the position and the application process can visit the website of Livingston Associates, or may make direct inquiries to a member of the Search Committee by first contacting Henry Schmelzer at 244-7213.

MPBN is Maine’s leading source of news, information, music, cultural programs, and children’s educational television. It operates seven radio and five television transmitters, serving the entire state of Maine, portions of Atlantic Canada, and parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. MPBN has 105 employees working in four locations throughout Maine — Lewiston, Portland, Bangor and Augusta — and strives to connect the people of Maine to each other and the world through the open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content.