Former MTV CEO Becomes Westminster College Trustee
FULTON - Bill Roedy, former Chair and CEO of MTV Networks International and the architect of the global expansion of MTV, has accepted an appointment to the Westminster College Board of Trustees.
"We are honored to have someone of Bill Roedy's worldwide stature and commitment to public service on the Board of Trustees," says Bob Muehlhauser, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "His lifelong commitment to the same principles Westminster holds dear and extraordinary leadership achievements make him a tremendous new member of our team as we move the goals of the College forward."
Roedy visited the Westminster campus last September as a Green Lecturer for the Westminster Symposium and delivered an address on "Global Leadership in a Changing Age."
"It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be associated with Westminster," says Roedy. "I hope I can serve well and live up to expectations. Westminster has a clear mission that I feel is compelling and necessary in this new world of globalism and competitiveness and I know the Board, which is loaded with talent, is energized and engaged to keep improving what is already a fantastic institution."
This past year Roedy retired as Chair and CEO of MTVNI after 22 years of building that global broadcasting phenomenon into an operation that now includes over 172 locally programmed and operated television channels outside the United States in more than 162 countries in 33 languages, reaching a potential audience of two billion people.
"Bill Roedy's life of leadership and service on the world stage epitomizes Westminster's mission--his strength of character and commitment to excellence are truly inspirational. I am so pleased that he has decided to help us chart the course for the future of the College," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "His lecture last fall inspired our students to step forward and accept the bold leadership roles that today's world offers them and I know he will bring invaluable ideas and further inspiration to Westminster as a member of our team."
Currently, Roedy is devoting his time to his many humanitarian and philanthropic efforts, including HIV/AIDS awareness, disaster relief, and human rights. Bill was presented with the International Emmy Founders Award in 2004 for revolutionizing music on television and supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS in the world. In 2009 he was honored with the UN Correspondents' "Global Citizen of the Year" Award for uniting MTV with public service initiatives that saved lives.
He published a book tracing his years at MTV Networks International (MTVNI) entitled What Makes Business Rock in May 2011.
Prior to joining MTVNI, Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years as one of the pioneers of the cable television industry.
From 1970 to 1979, he served in the U.S. Army, starting as a platoon leader in Vietnam and ending his military service as a commander of NATO nuclear missile bases in Italy. He was decorated for his service to our country with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star).
An admirer of Sir Winston Churchill, Roedy purchased one of Churchill's former flats and owns two of his landscape paintings and several framed letters.
Roedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and an MBA from Harvard University.