Henry Becton

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Henry Becton, is the former President of WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts. Henry joined WGBH in 1970 as a producer. In 1974, he became Program Manager for Cultural Affairs, and in 1978 he was appointed Vice President and General Manager. He served as WGBH's President from 1984-2007. Under Henry's leadership, WGBH has provided some of television and radio's best-known programs, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, This Old House, The Victory Garden, Masterpiece Theatre, and Mystery! These ongoing series are joined by specials like Africans in America and Vietnam: A Television History, The Blues, and Origins. WGBH also is the source of such landmark children's series as Arthur, Curious George, Martha Speaks, Zoom, Between the Lions, Postcards from Buster, and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, with companion Web sites that expand the impact of WGBH's productions. WGBH is the single largest supplier of content to pbs.org, the most-visited dot-org on the Internet. WGBH is also one of the largest producers of public radio content including the daily news program "The World", and Classical, Jazz and Celtic programming streams. 

Henry serves on various public broadcasting policy committees. He is a Chairman of the Board of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), a director of Public Radio International, The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and the PBS Foundation. He is a former member of the PBS Board of Directors and a founding director of American Documentary, Inc., the independent production company that produces the PBS series P.O.V. 

In addition, Henry is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science; and an Overseer of the New England Aquarium. 

Henry's past associations include the Boards of Directors of American Public Television, The Providence Journal Company, the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, and the Ethics Resource Center; and the Boards of Trustees of the Boston Ballet, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Alliance, the Massachusetts Committee Against Child Abuse, Connecticut College, Concord Academy, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Board of Visitors of the Dimock Community Health Center, the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (New England Chapter), the Board of Oversers of the Banff International television Festival, and the Dean's Council of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. 

Henry holds a JD, cum laude, from Harvard University, where he began his filmmaking career. In 1965, he graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, earning his undergraduate degree in American Studies. He lives in Concord, MA with his wife Jeannie. They have three children.