Public Television Executive
Public television leader David Brugger’s professional career began in 1965. After gaining experience as a producer, director and administrator, he became general manager of WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Fla., in 1977. A decade later, he became president of the Association of America’s Public Television Stations, serving nearly 13 years, the longest presidential term in association history. Brugger constructed an advocacy structure that provided support for public television and spearheaded initiatives to maintain a place for public broadcasting in the news media. He has also broadcast his support of Boys & Girls Clubs, assisting his local organization with alumni outreach efforts.