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February 10, 1998
Volume 44, Number 21

Baccalaureate: Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell, the Penn alumna and trustee who is NBC's Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, will be the 1998 Baccalaureate speaker Sunday afternoon, May 17.

Ms. Mitchell, program director at WXPN during her undergraduate days, started her career in commercial broadcast journalism on graduation from Penn's College for Women in 1967, covering City Hall for KYW until 1976 when she joined WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. In 1978 she moved to NBC News as a Washington-based correspondent.

After covering the White House for NBC from 1981 to 1988, she was named chief White House correspondent in 1988. As Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent since 1992, she appears regularly on NBC Nightly News, the Today program-where she is also called upon as political analyst-and on MSNBC, NBC, and Microsoft's new cable network. She has also appeared frequently on Meet the Press. Ms. Mitchell is especially noted for her pursuit of evolving foreign policy issues in the U.S. and abroad. She covers the political implications of foreign policy and international crises from a post that includes world hot spots, summits, Presidential trips, and the State Department. Her coverage of momentous events has included the famous handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzak Rabin, President Clinton's journey to Russia, and the historic economic summits of the G-7 nations.

At Penn Ms. Mitchell serves on the Trustees' Executive Committee and on its the academic policy, external affairs, and honorary degrees and awards committees. She is also chair of the Annenberg School Advisory Committee and a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women. In 1996 she established the Andrea Mitchell Term Chair in English, now held by Dr. Peter Conn. Ms. Mitchell is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Girl Scouts of Washington, D.C.

Secretary of the University: Rosemary McManus

Rosemary McManus, Vice President for Housing Impact at Fannie Mae, the Congressionally-chartered, shareholder-owned company that is the nation's largest source of funds for home mortgages, will become the Secretary of the University of Pennsylvnia on March 16, President Judith Rodin has announced.

"A number of impressive candidates were interviewed over the past several months," the President said, "but more than anyone else, Rosemary has the exceptional qualities needed in a new Secretary. She has extensive, successful experience as an administrator; a keen understanding of large, disparate organizations; and a deep respect for higher education and the challenges we face."

Ms. McManus succeeds Dr. Barbara Lowery, who since last summer has been Interim Secretary in addition to her post as Associate Provost. "Barbara has done an oustanding job," added Dr. Rodin. "We are all in her debt."

Rosemary McManus holds a B.A. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University.

She joined Fannie Mae in 1986 and moved through various posts in research, communications and Congressional relations to become director and assistant to the chairman of Fannie Mae. In that position she was advisor the chairman on key internal and external issues while managing the creation and adoption of a corporate-wide diversity initiative. She became director of housing impact policy in 1992, and in this role she laid the groundwork for a structure and network to expand homeownership opportunities to underserved markets, while also managing Fannie Mae's external Housing Impact Advisory Council.

After holding two other Washington-based positions-director of policy and public affairs in 1993-94, and then director of housing impact-Ms. McManus came to Philadelphia is 1995 as Vice President for Housing Impact.

Here she has been responsibile for what is known as the Trillion Dollar Commitment to provide targeted mortgage finance to underserviced communities in the ten-state Northeast region. She has also handled long-term investment strategies in Boston, Hartford and New York, totalling almost $10 billion; community partnerships in Jersey City and Philadelphia; and the region's communications and public affairs operations.

Penn's Way: $250,000 for 1998

Faculty and staff have pledged a total of $250,000 to charity through Penn's Way for 1998, according to Barbara Murray of Business Services. Her breakdown of the pledges received by the two organizations involved in the University's "side by side" campaign:

United Way $201,500
Center for Responsible Funding $48,500

The $48,500 raised via the Center for Responsible Funding was earmarked for five partners as follows:

AIDS Fund $ 4,900
Black United Fund 7,100
Bread & Roses 13,800
Environmental Fund 5,400
Women's Way 17,300

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