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Allegheny College Celebrates 460 Students and Two Distinguished Leaders; PBS Chief Executive Paula Kerger Delivers Commencement Address

Allegheny College today honored 460 graduates and presented two distinguished leaders with honorary degrees at its Commencement ceremonies on the lawn outside of historic Bentley Hall.

Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the commencement address in the College’s 202nd year.

Kerger urged graduates to trust their intuition. “Wherever your adventure takes you, I encourage you to find your inner voice – the one that whispers to you about what you were put on this earth to do. The voice that is innately and inherently yours, not an imitation of someone else. And once you find it, never let it go.

“During your time at Allegheny, you’ve proven that you’re smart and creative and resilient, and you’ve been given the tools needed to succeed in life and career. That brings me to my ‘ask:’ I ask that you use those tools not just for the advancement of your professional career, but also for the betterment of your community and your country,” said Kerger. (more…)

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger to Give Commencement Address

Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS, will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College in the college’s 202nd year. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

PBS is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with nearly 350 member stations throughout the country. The longest serving president and chief executive officer in PBS history, Kerger has made strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality educational content for children and the classroom, diversity, and the use of new digital platforms to bring public media into the lives of all Americans. During her tenure, PBS has moved from the 15th most-watched television network to number six.

Among Kerger’s accomplishments are the acclaimed programs “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece, Ken Burns’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” “Hamilton’s America” from Great Performances, a number of trusted and safe children’s series, and award-winning apps and online sites. Under her leadership, PBS developed PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators with digital resources for the classroom, and launched the first-ever PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream. (more…)

Pittsburgh’s Urban League President Esther L. Bush Honored at Allegheny College Commencement

MEADVILLE, Pa. – May 10, 2009 – The 2009 Commencement ceremony at Allegheny College today honored the graduates of the Class of 2009 and featured an address by Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

“I charge you to love this place that has been your home for the last four years and, as it approaches its third century, help it as it sets the standard of excellence for liberal arts learning in America,” Mullen said.

In her Commencement address, Bush—whose own career has been marked by numerous firsts—drew on the charge of President Obama’s inauguration address and encouraged Allegheny’s graduates to take hold of the responsibilities required of this era and give their all to the work ahead.

“My challenge, your challenge, our challenge is to seize gladly our personal power, to own it, to embrace it, and to hold it up to the light; to know our ability to direct the course of our own lives and to help improve the lives of others; and to appreciate and be ever mindful of the responsibilities that each of us has to one another and to ourselves,” Bush said.

Bush became involved in the Urban League movement in 1980 when she accepted the position of assistant director of the Labor Education Advancement Program for the National Urban League in New York City. From there she served first as director of the New York Urban League Staten Island Branch, then as director of its Manhattan Branch. Before returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1994, Bush was president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. She is the first female to serve in each of her last four positions in the Urban League movement.

During the ceremonies, honorary doctorates of humane letters were conferred upon Bush, Anthony D. Cortese, co-founder and president of Second Nature in Boston, Mass., and Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla.

The 32nd oldest college in the nation, Allegheny will celebrate its bicentennial in 2015. Counted among the nation’s top-performing colleges, Allegheny is a national liberal arts college where 2,100 students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel.

Allegheny is one of 40 colleges recognized in Loren Pope’s book Colleges That Change Lives, where he writes that the college “has a long and distinguished record of producing … future scientists and scholars.”

Allegheny ranks in the top 5 percent of schools whose graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s in all fields, in the top 4 percent in the science disciplines, and in the top 2 percent for producing chemistry Ph.D.s., according to recent data from the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium Study of the Doctorate Records File.

Pittsburgh’s Urban League President Esther L. Bush To Speak at Commencement

MEADVILLE, Pa. – May 10, 2009 – The Commencement ceremony at Allegheny College, scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m., will honor 480 graduates and feature an address by Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

During the ceremonies, which will be held on Bentley Lawn, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Bush, Anthony D. Cortese, co-founder and president of Second Nature in Boston, Mass., and Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla.

Esther L. Bush

Bush became involved in the Urban League movement in 1980 when she accepted the position of assistant director of the Labor Education Advancement Program for the National Urban League in New York City. From there she served first as director of the New York Urban League Staten Island Branch, then as director of its Manhattan Branch. Before returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1994, Bush was president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. She is the first female to serve in each of her last four positions in the Urban League movement.

Bush was appointed to serve on the: Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Law Enforcement and Community Relations Task Force, the Governor’s Commission on Academic Standards and the Voting Modernization Task Force. She served on the executive committee of the National Urban League Association of Executives and is chairman of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School Board of Trustees. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and serves on the International Women’s Forum Board of Directors. In addition, Bush is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and is on, among others, the boards of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Systems, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Carnegie Science Center.

Bush received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Hartford in 1997 and an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Carlow College in 2004. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a graduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

Anthony D. Cortese

Anthony D. Cortese is co-founder and president of Second Nature, co-organizer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also co-founder and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium.

Cortese was formerly the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first dean of environmental programs at Tufts University and founded the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in more than 175 courses.

Cortese was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step U.S. and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a consultant to United Nations Environmental Program and a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Education Task Force

Cortese has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctor of science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Myra Janco Daniels

Myra Janco Daniels, a former Chicago-based advertising executive, is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum of Art.

She was president of Draper Daniels and, before that, was executive vice president of the firm Roche, Rickerd, Henri, Hurst. She also ran her own agency, Wabash Advertising, in Terre Haute, Ind. Daniels was the first woman in the nation to head a major national advertising firm and became the youngest person to be honored as National Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Federation of America.

Daniels earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and communications from Indiana State University. She held a six-year associate professorship in marketing and advertising at Indiana University, where she pursued doctoral studies in marketing management.

Daniels is a former member of Florida Arts Council and has won numerous honors, including a Jefferson Award for community service and an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina Asheville.