The radio station All Classical Portland announced this week that its president and CEO, Jack Allen, is retiring to “pursue personal projects.”
Allen has steered All Classical Portland for nine years through significant growth in both audience and revenue, as well as spearheading a rebranding of the station, a move into modern new facilities, an increase in staff and shows and an ambitious online presence.
However, his tenure at the nonprofit has also been marked by recent controversy. Since April, three board members have resigned, and one was voted out. Documents show that former board members and employees expressed repeated concerns over Allen’s absence record, a nearly $284,000 budget shortfall, payroll advances in possible violation of state law and what some described as a culture of fear.
The station also faces a possible whistleblower case that centers on complaints about Allen’s leadership.
The Oregon Department of Justice confirmed that it has been notified and is reviewing the matter.
Allen could not be reached for comment. Board chair Rick Simpson sent OPB this statement: ‘The Board of Directors of All Classical Portland looks forward to building on earlier achievements and working with its new management team to strengthen its unique voice in classical music, a voice recognized around the world.’