Ivy Day May 18: Comcast's Mr. Roberts

Penn seniors have chosen as this year's Ivy Day speaker Brian L. Roberts, a Penn alumnus who is president of Comcast Corporation--the Philadelphia-based telecommunications company that within the past month has bought the Philadelphia '76ers, the Flyers, and the Spectrum.

He will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in Irvine Auditorium as a highlight of the day the Class of '96 sets its Ivy Stone--this one to be in a wall of Houston Hall in honor of its 100th anniversary.

Mr. Roberts is a 1971 graduate of the Wharton School who was an outstanding athlete at Penn--an All-American squash player, and a member of the U.S. Squash Team which won silver medals at the 1981 and 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

He joined Comcast Corporation's Board of Directors in 1987 and became president in 1990. He is a board member of three cable television networks--Turner Broadcasting System, QVC, Inc., and Viewer's Choice--and Chairman of the National Cable Television Association, the cable industry trade organization. He is also a director and executive committee member of CableLabs, a non-profit organization dedicated to technology research and development for the industry.

Comcast, which President Judith Rodin called "one of the remarkable success stories of the cable industry," provides wireline communications, wireless communications and content to over eight million customers world wide. It is the nation's third largest cable television operator, with ownership interest in systems serving 3.5 million.


Volume 42 Number 29
April 23, 1996

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