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Posted Mar 25, 2009

Stokes Named APT Vice President of Development

STOKES NAMED VP OF DEVELOPMENT AT APT BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 25, 2009 – Gary A. Stokes has been named Vice President of Development at Alabama Public Television (APT). Stokes, who joined APT in 2006 as Manager of Corporate Support, was named Assistant Vice President of Development in 2008. He assumes his new title on April 1, at which time he will assume total responsibility for fundraising activities of APT, including membership, pledge activities, corporate support and public information, all of which support the network’s all-encompassing educational mission.. President and General Manager of NBC-affiliate WVTM-TV in Birmingham from 1996 to 2001, Stokes has more than 27 years of experience in the television industry. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio and is a graduate of both Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. “Gary Stokes is a well-respected professional in our community who has made a significant contribution to our team from his first day with us,” said Allan Pizzato, Executive Director of Alabama Public Television. “We are excited to have him accept this challenging position.” Stokes is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. and a past member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. A tireless community supporter, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the Communications Studies Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Marketing Committee of Aldridge Botanical Gardens. Previously he served on the board of directors of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, served as president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Birmingham and served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Alabama’s College of Communications and on the executive committee of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. He also served as program co-chair of Leadership Birmingham’s Class of 2008 and headed the State Employees Campaign of the 2007 United Way campaign. In 1999, he co-chaired the Vulcan Park Foundation’s drive to raise monies for the repair of the statue, restoration of the park and construction of the Vulcan Center; the project was completed and rededicated in 2004. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television, America’s first statewide educational television network, is affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System. It is a seven-day-a-week educational resource for every Alabamian – children and adults alike – through online services, digital television programming on three separate channels, documentary production and outreach activities. # # #