|Perdue to launch journalism school’s women in media leadership series|
|Friday, January 11, 2013|
Former Gov. Bev Perdue, North Carolina’s first woman chief executive, will launch the Women in Media Leadership Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.
The series, sponsored by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, kicks off with Perdue’s talk at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
After her opening remarks, Perdue will discuss leadership on stage with UNC journalism Dean Susan King, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Gil and top journalism students Averi Harper and Jessica Kennedy.
Harper, a senior, co-anchors the school’s “Carolina Week” television newscast. Kennedy, also a senior, is a political journalism student who covered the 2012 Democratic National Convention for The Charlotte Observer.
King created the Women in Media Leadership Series to bring influential women leaders and communicators to campus to share their experiences and mentor students.
“At the J-school, we’re training the next generation of media leaders, and more than 75 percent of our students are female,” King said. “We want to demonstrate to our students that, if they work hard, top leadership roles should be their expectation. We’re honored that the first woman to lead our state will share her perspective and experiences with our students and the campus community.”
Perdue, who also served as lieutenant governor (2001-2009), was elected to two terms in the N.C. House of Representatives and five terms in the state Senate, where she became the first woman to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee. She was part of several landmark initiatives, including raising teacher salaries from 43rd to 21st in the nation, starting the Children’s Health Insurance Program and creating the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
Before public service, Perdue earned a doctorate in education administration and worked as a public school teacher and as a director of geriatric services in her hometown of New Bern.
Other upcoming leadership series events include journalism school alumnae CNBC correspondent Kayla Tausche on Feb. 25 and author Tia McCollors on April 23.
Photo of Bev Perdue: jomc.unc.edu/images/bevperdue.jpg