The 2015 David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the 2015 David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award to Hilma Prather of Kentucky for her outstanding work as a lay leader and advocate in the public broadcasting system.
The APTS board of trustees created the David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award in honor of its former president and CEO, David Brugger, the longest-serving leader of the association.
Hilma Prather’s professional life has been dedicated to educating others. After teaching in various Kentucky schools and grade levels, she finished her career as an elementary school principal in Southern Kentucky.
Ms. Prather’s advocacy for improving public education in Kentucky has continued in her retirement. She serves on the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, the governing board of KET, with past service as chair of the Authority. She also serves on the board of the Commonwealth Fund for KET, the statewide network’s fundraising arm.
Previously, Ms. Prather served four years on the Kentucky Board of Education, during the initial implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, including two years as vice chair. She also served on the Council on Postsecondary Education, the oversight board for Kentucky’s public universities, and as the chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Kentucky's leading citizen-led education advocacy group.
Ms. Prather’s passion for public broadcasting is driven by a commitment to education and lifelong learning.
The David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award was presented to Hilma Prather during The APTS Public Media Summit on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
To find out more, read the press release.