Brian Lamb Named Commencement Speaker

Posted: April 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Brian Lamb, chairman and CEO of the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), will be the speaker for George Mason University’s 34th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Lamb, who helped found the network, has served as the company’s chief executive officer since its beginnings and also serves as an on-air host.

Honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters will be presented to Lamb; James Kimsey, founding chief executive officer of America Online, Inc. (AOL); and Elizabeth Campbell, vice president of community affairs and founder of WETA TV/FM.

In 1996, Kimsey, a lifelong Washingtonian, became AOL chairman emeritus and turned his energies to new challenges. He created the Kimsey Foundation, which provides grants that level the playing field for Washington’s disadvantaged youth through education and technology. He is a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Capital One Financial Corporation and Thayer Capital.

Campbell, founder and first president of WETA, has served in public broadcasting in the Washington, D.C., area since 1953. Campbell’s leadership has helped WETA become the third-largest producing station for the Public Broadcasting Service and one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the United States.

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