Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
The president and CEO of CBS Television, Les Moonves started his career as an actor with parts on both stage and screen. Like many Bucknellians, he soon realized that he had a talent for leadership.
Before moving to CBS in 1995, he was president of Warner Brothers Television and Lorimar Television. In January 2002, he also took charge of UPN, thus becoming the first person ever to run two broadcast networks at the same time.
Considered to be the most influential executive running a major network, he was recently named by Entertainment Weekly as the third most powerful person in Hollywood. In fact, he has received numerous professional awards during his illustrious career and, in 1996, gave Bucknell's commencement address.
As an undergraduate, he majored in Spanish, was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, and performed in "The Alchemist" with Cap and Dagger.