Bates appoints executive director, general manager of KBTC

Monday, February 10


TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell recently announced the appointment of Ed Ulman as executive director and general manager of KBTC, the college's public television station. KBTC Public Television, a PBS affiliate, is operated as a service of Bates Technical College.

As executive director and general manager, Ulman supervises a staff of 17 and is responsible for programming, fundraising efforts and strategic planning functions at the college's Central/Mohler campus, KBTC and KCKA, a satellite station. Ulman will also serve as dean of the instructional programs housed at the central Tacoma campus.  

"After conducting a national search, and interviewing a very talented pool of candidates, we found the right fit in Ed Ulman." Langrell said. "He believes in public broadcasting and has the experience to be a great leader for us. We are enthusiastic about his ability to work with our television station, college and community," he said.    

Ulman most recently served as the interim executive director/general manager of the station as well as the director of development of KBTC Public Television where he leads the Ready to Learn in the Hilltop Neighborhood and American Graduate: Find an Hour initiatives. Previously, he was the education and outreach manager of KNME-TV at the University of New Mexico, the executive director of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, and the executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society.

His passion for public media blossomed as an on-air fundraising volunteer for KUAT/KUAZ in Tucson, Arizona. Ulman holds a master of science in teaching from Portland State University, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Idaho.

About KBTC Public Television
As a PBS affiliate, KBTC serves more than 3 million viewers from Southwestern Washington to Southern British Columbia. Bates Technical College has owned and operated KBTC since 1992. In 1980, KBTC launched its satellite station KCKA in Centralia serving the Southern region of the state. KBTC was originally licensed in 1961 to Tacoma Public Schools, broadcasting under the call letters KTPS-TV. For more information, visit, or call 253.680.7700.  

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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