January 09, 2009

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Andy Hill, the hit-producing network television executive, best-selling author and motivational coach, is the inaugural speaker in a new series offered by Bucknell University’s School of Management.

Hill, whose talk is titled, “Secrets of Great Leadership: Lessons of John Wooden, ESPN’s Coach of the Century,” will speak on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum.

Free and open to the public, the talk is the first in a new speaker series, the Walling Speaker Series in Management. The funding for the series was started by Fitz and Mary Jane Walling. Fitz Walling, a 1946 Bucknell graduate, is a former director of admissions and planned giving at the University.

School of Management
“The School of Management is excited to have Andy Hill visit campus and speak,” said Douglas Allen, associate dean of the School of Management and associate professor of management at Bucknell.

“As a student athlete on three of UCLA’s NCAA National Championship basketball teams, president of two major entertainment companies and best-selling author, Hill embodies Bucknell’s commitment to how the collegiate experience cultivates successful and responsible citizens,” said Allen. “His dedication to integrity and ethical grounding is a wonderful and timely message for all students as they prepare to make their own contributions to society.”

Hill’s bestselling 2001 book, Be Quick – But Don’t Hurry! - Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime, was co-written with renowned UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. || Read a book excerpt or visit his website.

rofessional successes
Under Wooden, Hill was a member of three consecutive NCAA championship basketball teams and he has said that his experience with Wooden is responsible for his professional successes.

From 1991 to April 1996, Hill was president of CBS Productions and in charge of development and production of all CBS-owned entertainment programming. In that role, he was responsible for some of the decade’s most successful primetime programming.

His shows included “Touched by an Angel,” “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World” and “Rescue 911.”

Channel One Network
From 1997 to 2000, he was president of
programming for the Channel One Network, producing award-winning news programming for 8 million American teens.

In addition to being a motivational speaker, Hill has appeared on numerous television programs, including ABC's “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and PBS's “Newshour” with Jim Lehrer as well as on CNBC, Fox News and HBO.

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