Stan R. Pylant, president and general manager of WHNT-TV in Huntsville, has been appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). He will serve as an at-large board member and will be subject to confirmation by the 2015 Alabama Senate.
Pylant has worked at WHNT-TV for 29 years, starting as an account executive in 1985.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Athens State University and was named the 2008 Outstanding Athens State Alumni.
Pylant is a graduate of the Huntsville/Madison County Executive Leadership Class of 2004.
Under his leadership, WHNT was recognized in 2010 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association as Station of the Year and in 2011 won the Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the April 27th tornadoes.
Pylant is active with Downtown Huntsville, Inc., serves on the advisory board for Burritt on the Mountain, and is a board member for Cove Church. His professional affiliations include serving on the board for Alabama Broadcasters Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
“Commissioner Pylant is a strong supporter of higher education in Alabama. His business background will be an asset in the coordination of Alabama’s higher education community with business and industry,” said ACHE Executive Director Gregory G. Fitch.
Pylant replaces Jeff Coleman, a Dothan businessman, who completed his term on August 31.
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education, founded in 1969, is the state’s coordinating board for all public institutions of higher education. Members serve nine-year terms without compensation.