WGBH has hired former Sesame Workshop executive Terry Fitzpatrick as VP for Children’s Education and Media. He succeeds Brigid Sullivan who, after 35 years with the Boston public broadcaster, is retiring and transitioning to a senior adviser role at the end of the year. The moves were announced today by WGBH President Jonathan Abbott.

In his new role, Fitzpatrick will be responsible for overseeing WGBH’s children’s series produced in Boston and seen nationally on PBS, as well as digital productions and educational initiatives for children, families and educators. He also will oversee WGBH’s role as a partner and leader in STEM materials for the national online educational resource PBS LearningMedia, and lead new project development to expand WGBH’s learning tools and resources for the home and the classroom.

Fitzpatrick comes to WGBH following 18 years with Sesame Workshop, where he served as Chief Content and Distribution Officer, overseeing content development, production, distribution strategy and partnership cultivation for productions, including the acclaimed educational children’s series Sesame Street.