Ted Capener, vice president for university relations at the University of Utah, has been nominated to be the next board chairman of the Public Broadcasting Service, it was announced Wednesday.

If the nomination is approved by PBS's board of directors at a scheduled April 12 meeting, Capener will succeed Alfred Stern, who served as chairman for four years.Capener, a U. vice president since 1985, is responsible for the school's state and federal relations, intercollegiate athletics, alumni affairs, public relations and media services.

He also heads the advisory board of KUED-TV, the university's public station, and is host of "Civic Dialogue," a weekly program on the station.

Capener began his broadcasting career in 1958 with Bonneville International Corp.'s KSL Radio in Salt Lake City. From 1964 to 1972, he was vice president for news and public affairs at KSL. He also was head of Bonneville's Washington bureau for nine years, serving 14 radio and television stations. In 1983, he was named Bonneville's senior vice president for news, public affairs and research.

PBS also announced these new directors have been elected by PBS member stations: Bill Arhos, president-station manager of KLRU, Austin; Fred Esplin, general manager of KUED, Salt Lake City; Rosa Castro Feinberg, member of the Dade County, Fla., school board and licensee of WLRN, Miami; Elaine Kono, vice chairman of the board of directors, Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority; Jonathon Moore, lay representative from WGBY, Springfield, Mass.; John Morrison, president-general manager of WHRO, Norfolk.