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Lehrer to speak at Shepherd University commencement

March 21, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer will receive an honorary degree at Shepherd University’s 138th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

The resolution was approved during an executive session of the Shepherd University Board of Governors at a recent meeting. Lehrer also will deliver the commencement address, Shepherd accounced in a news release.

Lehrer started his journalism career as a newspaper reporter and editor, eventually joining PBS as a public affairs coordinator. In 1975, the “Robert MacNeil Report” premiered with Lehrer serving as the Washington correspondent. The show eventually became “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” and continued until 1996, when it became “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” after MacNeil’s departure from the program.

Lehrer has served as the moderator of 11 nationally televised presidential debates during the last six presidential elections. The author of 20 novels, two memoirs and three plays, Lehrer has won two Emmy awards and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame along with MacNeil, according to the release.

Also honored at commencement will be Shepherdstown residents Bob and Tia McMillan, who will receive the President’s Award for their contributions and commitment to Shepherd University and to the community.

Bob McMillan, who is serving as the chairman of Shepherd’s Create the Future fundraising campaign, also served on the Shepherd Board of Governors from 2001 to 2009, one of the original members of the governing board. He completed a two-term stint as board chairman in June 2009.

Tia McMillan, after many years of service as a founding member of the board of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, now serves as a member of CATF’s honorary board. The McMillans also established the McMillan Family Scholarship for Theater, which provides scholarships for theater students at Shepherd.

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