Vice President of Public Service
Dr. James Paluzzi has served as Rio Salado College’s vice president of public service since 2009. He oversees the college’s radio stations, KJZZ and KBAQ, SPOT 127 a youth-media center, as well as Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service for the visually impaired. He also serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Council.
He holds a doctorate degree in educational foundations and philosophy of education and a master’s degree in communication education from Kent State University. In addition, he has a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Syracuse University. He is also certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers as a broadcast technologist.
Before coming to Rio, he served five years as vice president at Colorado Public Radio where he was responsible for strategic planning for Colorado Public Radio’s new media and technology services. Prior to his work in Denver, he served for 18 years as general manager of Boise State Radio, where he was also a professor of broadcast technology. He served six years on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio. Prior to Boise, he also served five years as general manager of KSLU in Hammond, Louisiana, and three years on the telecommunications faculty at Kent State University.
Paluzzi is the recipient of the Associated Press Broadcast Award for his work on Morning Edition in Boise, Idaho, and the International Television Association - Golden Reel of Excellence Award for developing an effective broadcast news team in a small market environment.