Allegheny College to Host 2019 Executive in Residence Diane Sutter

Allegheny College’s Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics welcomes Diane Sutter, an alumna and leader in the broadcasting industry, as the 2019 Executive in Residence. Sutter will be on campus from Monday, September 30, through Wednesday, October 2, and will deliver two public talks.

Sutter is a 1972 Allegheny graduate who lives in California. She is the president and chief executive officer of ShootingStar Inc., a consulting company that provides operational and consulting services to radio and television broadcasters, media companies, and financial institutions. She has owned and/or managed several broadcast stations in both radio and TV.

Diane Sutter is the 2019 Executive in Residence at Allegheny College.
Diane Sutter is the 2019 Executive in Residence at Allegheny College.

“We are very excited to welcome Diane Sutter as our 2019 Executive in Residence,” said Tomas Nonnenmacher, co-director of the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics. “She has tremendous experience in politics, management and consulting. Among other accomplishments, she has worked in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill and has served as the chair of the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.”

While on campus, Sutter will hold two public events, participate in this year’s economics short course in executive leadership, and meet with Allegheny students, faculty and staff. She will give an address titled, “So You Want to Own a TV Station? The Path from Allegheny to Capitol Hill to Broadcasting,” at 12:15 p.m. Monday, September 30, in Henderson Auditorium in Quigley Hall. She will talk about “Management, Leadership and Teams” on Tuesday, October 1, at 12:15 p.m., also in Quigley Auditorium. Both events are open to the public, and lunch will be provided.

Sutter’s radio broadcasting career began in Pittsburgh, where she held various positions in radio, rising from newsroom producer through sales to sales manager, station manager, and general manager. She joined Shamrock Broadcasting and served as vice president and general manager of Shamrock’s AM/FM stations in Pittsburgh.

Radio Ink magazine named Sutter one of the Most Influential Women in Radio in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also named one of the 20 Top Leaders in Radio by Radio Ink magazine. Radio and Television Business magazine has named Sutter as one of the top television executives. The Broadcasters Foundation of America honored her as a 2017 Ward Quall Leadership Award recipient in recognition of her career contributions to the broadcast industry and for her civic leadership.

Allegheny’s Executive in Residence program allows students to meet with experts in their fields to learn more about an industry, get insights into management and leadership styles, have conversations about their career goals, and expand their professional networks.