New York Times publisher to be honored at May Undergraduate Commencement
The college will award an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times, at the May Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, on the Old Main Quadrangle.
Sulzberger will deliver the undergraduate commencement speech after receiving the honorary degree, the highest honor that the State University of New York can bestow upon an individual.
"I couldn’t ask for a more fitting speaker," said College President Steven Poskanzer. "He is both one of the most distinguished and important national figures in journalism and public affairs, and knowledgeable and connected to the Mid-Hudson Region."
The journalist and publisher followed his father and grandfather in running the prestigious daily. He became publisher of The New York Times in 1992 and was named chairman of The New York Times Company in 1997. Under his leadership, the company’s flagship newspaper, The New York Times, has earned 28 Pulitzer Prizes.
Since becoming chairman, he spearheaded several print, broadcast and online innovations as the company’s business strategist to keep the newspaper on the cutting edge of the global media marketplace. He helped launch NYTimes.com on the Web, and started new enterprises such as The New York Times Learning Network and The Discovery Times Channel.
In 2005, the company was ranked first in the publishing industry in Fortune's list of America's Most Admired Companies for the fifth consecutive year.
Also at the undergraduate ceremony, Poskanzer will award alumnus, Congressman Maurice Hinchey ('68,'70g), the Presidential Medal, the highest honor the campus can bestow upon an individual, in recognition of his ongoing support of the college.
MARCH 27, 2006
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