Groundbreaking Media Executive Lucie Salhany to Speak at Lasell College Commencement

Groundbreaking Media Executive Lucie Salhany to Speak at Lasell College Commencement

February 14, 2013

Groundbreaking media executive Lucie Salhany, who made history as the first woman to head a broadcasting network when she was appointed Chairwoman of Fox Broadcasting in 1993, will deliver the Commencement address for Lasell College on Sunday, May 19, 2013, announced Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander.

During her tenure at Fox, Salhany guided the expansion of the nation's then-newest network from four nights-a-week to seven and brought popular shows such as The X Files to air and negotiated Fox's first NFL contract.

Before joining Fox, Salhany was the head of Paramount's syndication division where she oversaw a string of first-run hits including Entertainment Tonight, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Maury Povich Show and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Following her stint at Fox, Salhany went on to launch United Paramount Network (UPN) and later became a co-founder and managing partner of Echo Bridge Entertainment, an independent distributor of motion pictures in the Boston area.

"Lucie Salhany is a wonderful example to all of our students how hard work, creativity and perseverance can lead to professional success," said Lasell President Alexander. "I have no doubt she will have inspiring thoughts to share with what will be the largest number of graduates in the history of Lasell College."

More recently, Salhany has served on the Board of Directors of Hewlett Packard and served as a trustee for Emerson College in Boston. She has received numerous awards including the HELP Humanitarian Award, the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Silver Satellite Award from American Women in Radio and Television, and was the first woman to receive the Sherrill Corwin Humanitarian Award from the American Jewish Committee. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Lasell, teaching an Entertainment Media course in the Communications Department and is currently a member of the President's Advisory Council.

Salhany was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University. She is married to restauranteur John Polcari and has two sons, Hal and Jake.

At Commencement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Taylor Field at Lasell's Newton, MA campus, Salhany will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Last year, Salhany had the pleasure of watching her son graduate from Lasell with a bachelor's degree.