Barbara Hamm Lee to Speak at Fall Convocation
Journalist and broadcaster Barbara Hamm Lee will serve as the keynote speaker at Virginia Wesleyan College's Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 3. She will address the Wesleyan community at 11 a.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Lee is the executive producer and host of Another View, a weekly call-in talk show on WHRV-FM that discusses today’s issues from an African-American perspective. In addition to her duties for Another View, Lee has served in many capacities, including project director for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters’ African American Public Radio Stations Initiative, consulting with 26 African American public radio stations on compliance, governance, development, programming and community engagement. She has served as creative services officer, chief communications officer, chief public affairs officer and chief community engagement officer, all with WHRO Public Media. Prior to her work with WHRO, Lee held management positions with Communications Technologies, Inc.; Prince Georges County, Maryland Police Department and Hamm and Fox Communications. Most of her career has been spent in television management, including news director for WTKR-TV in Norfolk, VA; KYW-TV, Philadelphia; WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.; Black Entertainment Television; WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV, Baltimore, Maryland. Lee is currently vice chair and commissioner for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority; immediate past president, YWCA, South Hampton Roads; chair of the Administrative Committee with Norfolk Education Foundation; and board member of the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, The Planning Council and Bennett College Alumnae Association. She has been recognized for her work in the community, including being named by the YWCA-SHR as a 2010 Woman of Distinction; a Woman of Courage, Confidence and Character Award from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast; the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Award; and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads. At Wesleyan’s Fall Convocation, Lee will focus on the College’s 2015 summer read, “Bad Feminist,” a collection of essays by cultural critic, novelist and professor Roxane Gay that explores race, politics, gender, privilege, and popular media as they relate to feminist ideology. A special presentation of the College’s 2015 Alumni Awards will also take place during the event, honoring VWC graduates J. Tim Bailey ’83 (Distinguished Alumnus Award); Christine A. Williams ’97 (Alumni Service Award); and Matthew H.C. Ryan ’09 (Graduate of the Last Decade Award). Virginia Wesleyan’s first Fall Convocation was held in 1976 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the College’s opening. It has since become an annual tradition, marking the beginning of a new academic year and welcoming the entire College community back to campus. For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 757.455.3210.