MSUToday
Published: Feb. 18, 2019

Susi Elkins elected to APTS Board of Directors

Contact(s): Julie Sochay WKAR Content and Community Engagement office: (517) 884-4773 JSochay@wkar.org, Susi Elkins WKAR office: (517) 884-4750 susi@wkar.org

Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations, or APTS.

Her three-year term begins Feb. 25.

APTS is a nonprofit membership organization that works to ensure a strong and financially sound public television system and helps member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. 

“It is an honor to be elected by my public television peers as a new trustee of the APTS board,” Elkins said. “I’m thrilled to serve an organization dedicated to helping member stations provide essential public services in communities across the country.” 

Under Elkins’ leadership, WKAR has solidified its reputation as a community institution through strategic partnerships and collaborations, and significantly increased its commitment to early childhood education.

University partnerships at MSU have increased the station’s capacity for providing award-winning research-based content, as well as experiential learning opportunities for students.  

In collaboration with MSU, Elkins led the effort to launch the first ATSC 3.0 experimental station licensed to a public media organization. Granted the FCC experimental license in June 2018, the test station is designed to explore the potential of NextGen TV to build stronger communities through education, news and information, arts, science and culture.

Visit apts.org for a full list of new board members and leaders.

Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, and newly elected member to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).