Eric Hyyppa, director and general manager of MontanaPBS based at Montana State University, has been re-elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations.
The announcement was made in Washington D.C. at the Association's annual Public Media Summit. The association also announced it was changing its name to "America's Public Television Stations," as a reflection of their broad mission of service to the country.
Hyyppa became director and general manager of KUSM, Montana PBS in 2008. Hyyppa graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in computer science then joined KUSM as its computer system administrator in 1993. He was named the station’s information technology manager in 2003. During his more than 23-year career at the public television station, he has also worked as an independent worker for every major network and many independent companies. He is a former member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Hyyppa is immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, is immediate past chair of public television’s Affinity Group Coalition, and is past chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives. He also serves on the board of directors of the Montana Broadcasters Association, the board of directors of the Friends of MontanaPBS, and is a member of the Montana Ambassadors.
MontanaPBS is a educational outreach service of the Montana University System, a partnership of Montana State University and the University of Montana. The service provides educational, historical, arts, and civic programming, as well as related educational outreach services to the state, serving over 400 Montana communities, and reaching nearly every Montana home. In recent years, it has expanded its reach by offering an extensive collection of media resources to Montana teachers and classrooms via MontanaPBS LearningMedia.