Converse College will award approximately 130 degrees this Saturday, May 20, during commencement exercises. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Twichell Auditorium.
Delivering the commencement address will be William M. Campbell III, president of Discovery Networks U.S. A native of Greenville, S.C., Campbell has served in his current role since 2002. He has guided the teams responsible for the launch of numerous new series and specials across the company’s networks. He oversaw Discovery Channel’s large-scale branding campaign in 2003 and the debut of several breakout hit series such as “American Chopper,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Dirty Jobs,” and “Mythbusters,” as well as the network’s highest-rated program since 2000 – last year’s ground-breaking special, “The Flight That Fought Back.”
Campbell is currently guiding The Learning Channel (TLC) through a major re-branding campaign under its new mantra: Live and Learn, with shows including “Little People, Big Dreams” and “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids.” Campbell also spearheaded Discovery’s partnership with Lance Armstrong, the signing of legendary newsman Ted Koppel, and TLC’s upcoming programming with Ashley Judd around the issue of AIDS in Latin America.
Previously, Campbell worked for Miramax Television, CBS Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and ABC Television.
Several awards will be presented during the ceremony, including two Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards to a graduating senior and a Converse alumna who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through their positive influence and special achievements within the community.