Governor Appoints Educators to Arkansas PBS Commission

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed two educators to the Arkansas PBS Commission, which oversees the state’s public television network.

They are Anne Canada of Subiaco, a teacher-librarian at Paris Middle School in Logan County, and Ann Clemmer of Benton, senior associate director at the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Higher Education.

Clemmer is a former state representative and has been a teacher in the political science department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for more than 20 years. Canada was declared a Best of the Best Teacher in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.

Canada’s term on the commission will run through March 23, 2027, and Clemmer’s  term will end in March 2022.

Additionally, Annette Herrington of Little Rock was reappointed to the commission for a second eight-year term.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome our new members of the Arkansas PBS Commission,” Arkansas PBS Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger said in a statement. “We look forward to the expertise and direction they will provide. We are delighted to have Annette Herrington serving a second term. Her contributions to the network’s success have been many.”

The eight-member commission requires one member from each of the state’s four congressional districts, and other slots must be filled by members involved in an Arkansas public school system and higher education. The commissioners are citizens given responsibility for overseeing the statewide public media network, which has grown far beyond television in the age of digital media.

Other commissioners are Skip Holland of Fayetteville, chair; John Brown of Siloam Springs, vice chair; West Doss of Fayetteville, treasurer; Woody Freeman of Jonesboro; and Dr. Kathryn Jones of Bentonville.

Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS in Little Rock, KEMV in Mountain View, KETG in Arkadelphia, KAFT in Fayetteville, KTEJ in Jonesboro and KETZ in El Dorado. Click here for its website.