Curtis Carlson chosen to give graduation speech

Published: April 7, 2011, 2:20 am ET
Collegian Staff

Curtis Carlson, who helped develop HD television and helped improve the quality of satellite broadcast, will be the school’s speaker at this year’s graduation.

Carlson won Emmy awards for his role in the development of HDTV. He has helped found 12 companies and is a member of the Innovation Leadership Council of the World Economic Forum.

Carlson has previous experience as a commencement speaker, including an appearance at the 2008 graduation at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

In 2006, he published a book with William Wilmot entitled “Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want.” The book reached BusinessWeek’s Top-10 books of the year that year.

Richmond’s 181st commencement takes place on May 8.

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