PEORIA — The new leader of Peoria's public television station has called the city home for more than four decades.

WTVP's governing board of directors announced Thursday that it had selected Lesley Matuszak to take over as CEO, months after beginning a search for a successor to Moss Bresnahan, who is returning to duties solely overseeing Champaign-Urbana public media.

Matuszak's role will be exclusive to Peoria, in a return to a model that does not share executive staff between stations. The station's board began a search for a new chief executive in March.

"I think Lesley's community sensibilities and her fondness for education, culture, outreach, connecting stories to people and people to stories fits so well at WTVP," said Andrew Rand, chairman of the WTVP board.

"I think the goal WTVP has to engage and enlighten and enrich the public really fits my own personal goals and what I want to see happen with the station," she agreed.

Matuszak will leave her longtime post overseeing the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria as part of the move but said part of her role in any position has always included having a transition plan in place. She said she expects BGC to extend an offer to a successor in short order.

Among Matuszak's goals in the new position is to bolster the station's role as a local and regional institution, she said, and as a go-to option for "real high-quality content, news and information."

That will also include improving engagement with the public. And board members made it clear when launching the search that they hoped a new chief would put an added effort into fundraising efforts to ensure the station's long-term strength.

She also hopes to "extend the reach of public TV to new and more diverse audiences."