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Susan J. Krock '78 was named the first female president of Harvard student radio station WHRB last night.
Krock, vice president and business manager of WHRB, was the only contender for the presidency, David H. Ring '77, outgoing WHRB president, said last night, since two other nominees for the office declined to run.
"I'm sort of overwhelmed by the whole thing," Krock said yesterday, adding that "I have high hopes for WHRB and the things I can do for the station."
As president, Krock will oversee a drive to raise $90,000 for equipment and a new transmitting tower in Medford, Massachusetts.
"I'm in a position to encourage people to keep the drive going as well as it has been," Krock said. WHRB members have raised approximately $25,000 for the facilities since May 1976.
"As business manager and vice president, she knows the responsibilities that go with the job and has handled them very well," Ring said. "She also enjoys the respect and cooperation of the staff, which is very important to a president's success," he said.
"She probably knows more of the internal workings of the station, especially the business aspects, than anyone else," Alan M. Peaceman '78, newly elected station manager, said last night, adding, "I'm sure she'll do a fine job. I'm glad I nominated her."
"We seem to be in better financial shape because of her work as business manager," Fredric Haber '79, former WHRB news and program director, said last night. "Our budget this term has been in the black for the first time in a long time."
"In this stage of the history of WHRB, Susan's probably the best qualified person for the presidency. She's the most devoted person at the station by far," Haber said.
"Around here, I never felt particularly strange because I'm a woman," Krock said last night, adding that "I wasn't elected because I'm a woman."
Krock said she hopes Radcliffe women will "start being accepted for what they are," and will try out for positions in Harvard organization in the future.
"I want to set precedents so that when another woman gets elected, it won't be such a big deal," Krock said.
Krock, four administrative board officers and a station manager were elected in a meeting last night. Approximately 40 active members of the station voted in the election.
Krock, a classics concentrator, lives in Currier House and is involved in intramural crew.
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