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  Eric Hyyppa Selected to Succeed Skip Hinton as NETA President


Eric Hyyppa

(August 2017)
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) announced today that its executive committee has chosen Eric Hyyppa as the organization's next president. Hyyppa, who currently serves as MontanaPBS’ director and general manager, will succeed Skip Hinton, NETA’s current president, on November 1.
Hyyppa’s selection caps a nationwide search begun earlier this year by a search committee composed of veteran NETA leaders (Ronnie Agnew, the executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting; Jack Galmiche, the
president and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis; Shae Hopkins, executive director and CEO of Kentucky Educational Television; Tom Rieland, general manager of WOSU Public Media in Columbus; and Anita Sims, executive vice president and director of the NETA Business Center) facilitated by Steven Chapman, president of Broad Reach Strategies.
"Eric is extremely well-respected among PBS station leaders and the national leadership," said Rieland, chair of NETA’s board of directors. "I’m confident his energy and focus on NETA’s strategic goals, which he helped frame, will greatly enhance the value of NETA to stations across the country."
Ronnie Agnew, who led the search committee, said, "Eric is an outstanding choice to lead NETA as the organization continues on its upward trajectory as an industry leader. He knows that he is replacing a legend, but those of us who’ve worked closely with Eric know that he is fully capable of putting his own stamp on NETA. Exciting things are ahead."
"I'm honored, and I'm grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals," said Hyyppa. "NETA plays an essential role in public media, supporting stations and increasing their service to their communities. I am passionate about NETA’s role in supporting stations, and committed to our education mission."

Hyyppa became director and general manager of KUSM/MontanaPBS in January 2008, following a transitional year as its interim general manager. He began his career as the station’s computer system administrator in 1995. In 2003, he was named the station’s information technology manager. During this time, he also worked as an independent audio engineer for ESPN and other independent productions. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Montana State University. He is a former member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
During his tenure, MontanaPBS grew from a single station to a statewide network of six stations, more than 20 translators, and a satellite delivery service that reaches the smallest communities in the state. Hyyppa expanded local production, including a number of nationally distributed programs, developed statewide support, and has been a leader in the use of technology for highly efficient station operations. As general manager, Hyyppa has overseen the launch of a major and planned giving program, increased coverage of local news and public affairs, and placed a stronger emphasis on education, specifically leveraging the PBS LearningMedia™ platform in Montana.
Hyyppa currently serves on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) board of directors. He is past chair of the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), the public television Affinity Group Coalition (AGC), the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE), and NETA’s own board of directors. 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, a
 volunteer organization of state leaders in business and education.
Skip Hinton, NETA’s president for 28 of the association’s 50 year history, expressed confidence in the decision. "Eric is a remarkable leader," said Hinton. "I'm very happy that he has accepted this position. Eric will ensure that NETA continues to support public media's ongoing evolution in meaningful, relevant ways."

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