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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE ANNOUNCES HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS
CEOs of MTV Networks & Lehigh Valley Hospital to Receive Degrees
Allentown, PA (April 29, 2008) - Cedar Crest College announced that Judy McGrath, MTV Networks Chairman and CEO and alumna of Cedar Crest Class of 1974, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Dr. Elliot Sussman, Chairman and CEO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree at the College's 138th Commencement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. on the College Quadrangle.
"Judy McGrath, CEO of MTV Networks and a 1974 graduate of Cedar Crest College, is widely considered to be one of the most influential women in broadcasting," says Acting President, Dr. Blenda Wilson '62. "With her cutting-edge creative talents, she pioneered in cable television and has led her unit at media giant, Viacom, to unprecedeted success. Named one of CNN/Money Magazine's Most Powerful Women of 2007, Judy merits the distinction of having her alma mater award her an honorary doctorate degree."
"As CEO of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Dr. Sussman has increased the quality of health care for citizens of the Lehigh Valley," says Dr. Wilson. "We are proud of our partnership with the Lehigh Valley Hospital by which Cedar Crest nursing students receive world class clinical training and our alumnae comprise an extraordinarily large percentage of the hospital's workforce. Cedar Crest College is honored to award an honorary doctorate degree to Dr. Sussman."
Judy McGrath is the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, a position she has held since July 2004. In this role, she oversees the management and operation of MTV Networks' more than 150 channels and more than 300 web sites, which reach more than 520 million households worldwide in more than 160 countries and in 32 languages.
McGrath has held a succession of positions at MTV Networks since the launch of MTV in 1981. Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, she was the MTV Networks Group President responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television and Comedy Central.
In her time at the helm of MTVN, her teams have developed programs and events across the entire company's portfolio of brands that have become cultural landmarks to people everywhere, including the "MTV Video Music Awards," the "MTV Movie Awards", "Total Request Live", "The Real World", "Punk'd", "Laguna Beach", "Newlyweds", "The Osbournes", VH1's long-running, award winning Save the Music campaign, "Flavor of Love", "The Hogans", CMT's "CrossRoads", Nickelodeon's "Go, Diego, Go!", and Spike TV's "Ultimate Fighter," among countless others.
Consistently recognized as an inspiring and creative leader, McGrath has always maintained a passionate commitment to developing pro-social initiatives at the channels. Among the programs she has championed are mtvU's Darfur is Dying, the Peabody Award-winning Choose or Lose campaign, as well as the Emmy award-winning Fight For Your Rights series, including "Take a Stand Against Violence", "Take a Stand Against Discrimination", and "Protect Yourself", an AIDS Awareness campaign on MTV. Throughout her career, Ms. McGrath has worked tirelessly to raise the consciousness of viewers, address their issues in a meaningful way and facilitate/empower audience involvement.
A member of the MTV family since its first days, McGrath joined Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC), MTV Networks' predecessor company, in 1981 as Copywriter, On-Air Promotions, MTV. She subsequently moved up the ranks and became Editorial Director, MTV; Executive Vice President and Creative Director, MTV; and then, President, MTV.
Under her direction as President, MTV grew from a maverick cable channel to the maverick global brand it is today, symbolizing a culture, a style, an attitude and a vibrant musical landscape. From the beginning, she helped MTV bring the creativity of music, with its passion, originality and energy, to television.
Before joining the company, she held positions as Copy Chief of Glamour magazine and Senior Writer for Mademoiselle magazine.
McGrath is on the board of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ad Council, and serves on the advisory board of LIFEbeat. She has been honored by Women in Cable & Telecommunications, GLAAD and the Harlem Children's Zone. In 2003, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martell Foundation. She is in both the Cable Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Dr. Elliot Sussman serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, a position he has held since 1993. Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network (LVHHN) is a comprehensive integrated health care network that includes three hospitals, a 400-member employed physician group and seven community health centers. LVHHN is the area's largest employer with more than 9,000 employees and is a major clinical affiliate of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. LVHHN has been recognized for numerous honors, including National Magnet status for nursing. U.S. News & World Report has named LVHHN as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for eleven consecutive years for specialties such as cardiology and cardiac surgery, urology, digestive diseases, endocrinology, hormonal disorders, geriatrics, respiratory disorders, orthopedics, gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, cancer and gastroenterology. LVHHN has also been consistently honored for patient safety and quality. It was also awarded the designation of being one of the "100 Best Places to Work" by Fortune magazine.
Dr. Sussman is the Leonard Parker Pool Professor of Health Systems Management, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health Sciences at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. Dr. Sussman is past chair of the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals for the American Association of Medical Colleges and is recent Chair Elect of the Executive Council of the AAMC.
Besides serving as a trustee of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, he serves on the boards of the Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh Valley PBS/WLVT TV, the CEO Education 2010 Leadership Group. He is a member of the Society of Medical Administrators and the Healthcare Executives Study Society.
From 1989 to 1993, Sussman was Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division & Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. His professional experience also includes serving as Executive Director, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Administrator and Director, Clinical Effectiveness Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sussman was a Fellow in General Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and trained as a resident in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sussman holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MD from Harvard University where he was AOA, and a BA magna cum laude from Yale University. He received a DSc (hon) from Muhlenberg College.
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