Bates names Ed Ulman interim general manager of KBTC Public Television

Wednesday, April 24

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2013


Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106
Kym Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.5219   

Former development director will lead South Sound's PBS-affiliated TV station   

TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College has appointed Ed Ulman as the Interim Executive Director/General Manager of KBTC Public Television effective Monday, April 22. Ulman replaces David Hinman, who vacated his position in April to become the General Manager of Pierce County TV.  

During the past four years as KBTC's Development Director, Ulman led all fundraising, underwriting, community engagement and grant activities for KBTC Public Television. He also represented KBTC and Bates Technical College through on-air fundraising and community activities. Under Ulman's leadership, the development team nearly doubled its fundraising.  

Before moving to Tacoma, Ulman served as the Education and Outreach Manager for KNME-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

"Ed has the right experience to serve during this transition at our station. We are enthusiastic about his ability to accent the relationship between the television station and the extended college, and he will continue to expand our outreach efforts in the community," college president Dr. Ron Langrell said. "We are committed to finding a permanent leader who will build on the foundation that we have worked so hard to achieve," he said.  

Ulman will serve in the interim position for three to six months, while Bates conducts a national search for a permanent hire.  

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.  

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.