Bob Wright



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Bob Wright ’65, chairman and chief executive officer of NBC Universal and vice chairman and executive officer of the General Electric Company, delivered the principal address and received an honorary degree on May 26, during the 160th commencement ceremony of the College of the Holy Cross.

Wright has had one of the longest and most successful tenures of any media company chief executive. Under his leadership, NBC was transformed from a broadcast network into a global media powerhouse, with leadership in broadcast network television, cable programming, station ownership and television production. With the formation of NBC Universal, Wright heads one of the most rapidly growing and profitable media and entertainment companies in the world.

A former Trustee of the College, Wright has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; he serves on the boards of the American Film Institute, the Museum of Television and Radio and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Corporation. Wright has worked closely with the Archdiocese of New York on raising support for inner-city Catholic schools and other projects. He is also co-founder (with his wife, Suzanne) of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding to find answers to the causes of autism.

In his address, Wright congratulated the graduating students on earning “the gift” of a Holy Cross education.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross, graduation


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education

2006 Commencement Address:  Bob Wright '65



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