Former LA Times executive to give W&M opening address

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Nicco Mele (Courtesy W&M)
Nicco Mele (Courtesy W&M)

Nicco Mele, an entrepreneur, investor, and former top executive at the Los Angeles Times, will address incoming William & Mary students during the annual Opening Convocation ceremony on Aug. 24.

According to a news release from the college, Mele spent his early years in Asia and Africa before graduating from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1999. Today he is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

“We are in for a rare treat when Nicco returns to campus to help celebrate one of the special occasions in William & Mary’s annual life,” W&M President Taylor Reveley said in the release. “He is a modern Renaissance Man, who has accomplished an amazing amount in a very few years.”

According to the release, Mele was the senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times prior to serving as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California and founding the Common Sense News Service. Mele also served on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching graduate-level classes on the internet and politics.

The convocation event, which marks the beginning of the academic year, will be held in the Wren Yard at 5:15 p.m.