AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong, interviewer Charlie Rose headline Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University April 24, 2002


C. Michael Armstrong, chairman and chief executive of AT&T, will headline the second annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University on April 24. Charlie Rose, Emmy award-winning journalist and interviewer, will join Armstrong for "A Conversation between C. Michael Armstrong and Charlie Rose" at 8 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus.

The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was inaugurated in 2001 with Jack Welch, then-chairman and chief executive of General Electric. Geoffrey Colvin, editorial director at Fortune magazine, moderated.

The event is sponsored by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public.

Armstrong heads one of the world's premier voice, video, and data communications companies serving consumers, businesses, and government. He was elected chairman of the board and chief executive of AT&T in 1997 following a six-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Hughes Electronics. Prior to Hughes, Armstrong spent more than three decades with IBM.

A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, he also completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute. He serves on numerous national and international boards, committees, associations and commissions, and is an active supporter of higher education, serving as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and chairman of the Board of Visitors of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and as a member of the advisory board of the Yale School of Management.

Rose is an acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist and has hosted the popular PBS series "Charlie Rose" since 1991, a program Morley Safer of CBS' "60 Minutes" calls "the last refuge of intelligent conversation on television." Rose is a Duke University and Duke University School of Law graduate. He is the recipient of a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Cable ACE Award, and he was the producer of a Peabody award-winning television program, "A Conversation with Jimmy Carter." Rose also is a correspondent for the CBS news magazine program, "60 Minutes II."

C. Michael Armstrong

C. Michael Armstrong was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T effective November 1, 1997.

At AT&T, he heads on of the world's premier voice, video and data communications companies, serving consumers, businesses and government. AT&T has annual revenues of $55 billion and 125,000 employees.

Armstrong joined AT&T from Hughes Electronics, where he had been chairman and CEO for six years, transforming it from a company focused mainly on defense to a powerful competitor in the commercial electronics, space, and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Hughes, Armstrong spent more than three decades with IBM. Beginning as a systems engineer, he rose through the ranks to become senior vice president and chairman of the board of IBM World Trade Corporation. Earlier, he played major roles in IBM's personal computer and telecommunications businesses.

Born October 18, 1938 in Detroit, Armstrong earned a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from Miami University of Ohio in 1961, and completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute in 1976. He was awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees from Pepperdine University in 1997 and Loyola Marymount University in 1998.

An active supporter of higher education, Armstrong is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, chairman of the Board of Visitors of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a member of the advisory board of the Yale School of Management.

Armstrong serves as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the President's Export Council. He is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. He is a member of the Business Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. Armstrong also is a member of The Business Roundtable and serves as head of its Security and Economic Recovery Task Force formed in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Armstrong serves on the board of directors of Citigroup, the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall, the supervisory board of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group and the National Cable Television Association.

Charlie Rose

Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He is the host of "Charlie Rose," the nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. USA Today calls the program "TV's most addictive talk show." New York Newsday says, "Charlie's show is the place to get engaging, literate conversation·Bluntly, he is the best interviewer around today." Journalist Morley Safer of CBS' "60 Minutes" calls the program "the last refuge of intelligent conversation on television."

Guests on the show include major international political figures and a mixture of renowned personalities from literature, theatre, film, dance, fashion, sports, science, medicine, and business. Guests have ranged from United States Presidents Clinton and Bush to international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev to Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney to leaders in business like Bill Gates and Andy Grove. In the artistic arena, Rose's guests range from actors Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise to musicians Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Yo-Yo Ma. His program serves as a window on cultural areas rarely seen on TV like architecture, painting, photography and classical music.

Charlie Rose Special Edition presents hour-long profiles on such prominent entertainers as Meryl Streep and Peter O'Toole as well as weeklong specials on the cutting edge of science like the Human Genome Project.

Rose also is a correspondent for "60 Minutes II," the CBS news magazine program.

Rose was born in Henderson, NC, and graduated from Duke University and Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and The CableACE Award. In 2000, he accepted the Futrell Award, an award given to Duke University alumni who have demonstrated excellence in communications. The Charlotte World Affairs Council also honored him as the world citizen for the year 2000.

He is a popular speaker on a wide variety of subjects at college campuses around the country and is a frequent moderator of technology conferences in the United States.

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Fairfield University

Excellence is what the business community demands of its leaders and this is what drives the activities of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. The school's high quality was recognized in 1997 when AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Only 30 percent of all business schools are so accredited.

The Dolan School has achieved this recognition because of its success in educating undergraduate and graduate students to be successful and responsible business leaders dedicated to pursuing excellence. In doing so the school focuses on being a worldwide leader in curriculum innovation. In all of its programs the school focuses on teaching current best practices for solutions to business problems within a rigorous conceptual framework. This approach enables the school to create a seamless learning environment that builds on the faculty's distinction in their respective academic disciplines, and also builds on the business experience each faculty members has in her or his field.

The school's top-notch programs and faculty are appropriately housed in a state-of-the-art building dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship in business disciplines.

Charles F. Dolan is the founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the nation's leading telecommunications and entertainment companies. The Dolan School of Business was named in 2000 in recognition of Mr. Dolan's service and philanthropic contributions to Fairfield University. The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was established in 2001.

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Posted on April 15, 2002

Vol. 34, No. 211