Trustees to discuss Media and Politics

This Friday, April 24, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to engage in discussion about the effects of media, politics, and pop culture on today’s society. The event, hosted by the College’s Board of Trustees and Student Government Association (SGA), is expected to provide enriching conversation for the community.

Friday’s event is part of an ongoing effort from the College to “foster continued dialogue” between students and members of the Board, according to Vice President and Secretary of the College Andrew McGadney. Though many Trustees will be present, this event will highlight the expertise of two specific alumni, Betsy Morgan ’90 and Robert Hoopes ’89.

Morgan was named the CEO of the independent cable outlet TheBlaze in December 2014, following her time at the Huffington Post, where she also served as CEO. Previously, she was a senior vice president at CBS Interactive and the general manager at CBS.com.

As President, Hoopes has led VOX Global, a DC-based public affairs firm, through five consecutive years of growth. According to the company’s website, VOX is a subsidiary of Omnicom, one of the world’s largest communication firms, and focuses on “providing bipartisan advocacy and communications counsel to clients who are looking for partners who appreciate their organizational objectives and the way political advocacy can promote and protect the interests of the organization, employees and stakeholders.” One of the company’s six offices is located in Portland, ME.

SGA Vice President Michael Loginoff ’16 said in an email that Morgan and Hoopes “will be answering questions about [media, politics, and pop culture] and their Colby experiences” from the audience. Following the talk, students will be able to attend an informal reception in the Diamond Atrium.

The discussion will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Diamond 122.

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