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National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knell To Visit Hampton University
04/13/2016 - #147

Hampton University Welcomes Mr. Gary Knell, CEO National Geographic Society

Interview with National Geographic CEO, Gary Knell

Hampton, VA – The President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, Gary Knell, visited the Hampton University campus April 20-21, 2016.

The visit kicked off with the CEO’s keynote speech at the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI) Graduation Ceremony in McGrew Towers, April 20 at 6 pm. Knell's visit concluded with a meet and greet offering the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from one of the industry's top performers. Topics included: the future of the industry, disruption and innovation. The event was held in the television studio at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) April 21, 9 am-12:30 pm.

The WRHLI is a direct product of HU President Dr. William R. Harvey’s method for developing strong leaders. The WRHLI is an intensive undergraduate minor designed to develop entry-level leaders for the workplace and community. Students admitted to the Institute are designated “Leadership Fellows” who go on to earn a minor in Leadership Studies, upon successful completion of the 18 credit hour program and a 400-hour service learning internship.  

"I would like to welcome Gary Knell and The National Geographic Society to Hampton University, our 'Home By The Sea,’ said President Harvey." Your leadership and career accomplishments in media exemplify the standard of excellence we strive to instill in all of our students."

President Harvey’s leadership model has already made an impact on National Geographic’s culture, as the currently longest seated President also serves as a Trustee of the National Geographic Society.

The SHSJC panel was followed by a private chat with WRHLI Fellows, as well as by presentations by standout SHSJC students, and of the SHSJC Center for Innovation in Digital Media.  Knell was also honored along with other special guests at a lunch with President Harvey in the Holly Tree Dining Hall.  

Knell left National Public Radio (NPR) in 2013 to take on his current CEO role with the National Geographic Society. National Geographic is one of the world's largest nonprofit organizations with a global reach of more than 700 million people monthly.

Knell’s background includes leadership roles with various companies including; the Sesame Workshop, Media International and New York’s WNET/Channel 13. He advises and councils in various facets of governmental relations, as well as serves on the boards of Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, and Common Sense Media.

To learn more about National Geographic please visit: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.

For more information about Gary Knell and National Geographic's visit to HU, please call the SHSJC: (757) 727-5405.

Or visit the SHSJC online: http://shsjc.hamptonu.edu

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