Three new media executives elected to Emerson's Board of Trustees
By Michael Corcoran
Three new high ranking executives of large media companies have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Emerson College. They are Jonathan Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of America Online; Tom Freston, co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom; and Terry Semel, chairman and chief executive officer of Yahoo.
Emerson president Jacqueline Liebergott said in a press release, "We are delighted that Tom Freston,(right) Jonathan Miller, and Terry Semel have agreed to serve on our board."
"Their desire to become involved in our mission, which is to educate men and women for leadership roles in communications and the arts," said Board Chair Ted Cutler.
According to The Boston Globe, Semel has a daughter who graduated from Emerson, and another daughter who will be joining the school in the fall; and Miller currently has a son at Emerson.
Freston is known for being one of the founders for MTV in 1981, creating the famous "I want my MTV," ad campaign. He was also behind hit shows such as VHI's "Behind the Music," and MTV's "Total Request Live."
In 2003, the 210-seat Theater and its adjoining lobby in the new Tufte Performance and Production Center was named the Semel Theater in recognition of a major gift from Semel. At that time Leibergott said that Emerson looked forward to working with Semel in the future. "Terry Semel is a giant in both the communication and entertainment industries, and we are delighted that he has chosen to support Emerson College...We look forward to working with him as we explore new and innovative ways to enhance our programs in these fields," Liebergott said.
"These three guys have many years expierience in the kind of fields we teach here at Emerson College, especially in the communication industry," said David Rosen, Emerson's vice president of public affairs.
The additions of such high profile executives, Rosen said, is good for Emerson's reputation on a national level. "[The addition of Miller, Freston, and Semel] means that Emerson has really arrived as a national and international institution," Rosen said.
© Michael Corcoran