Sox owner and Emmy-winning producer Tom Werner is keynote speaker
at Commencement May 21
UNH graduates will share the celebration of their academic accomplishments
this year with Tom Werner, award-winning television producer and
chairman of the reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red
Sox. Werner will give the keynote address at UNH’s 135th Commencement,
Saturday, May 21, 2005, beginning at 10 a.m. in Cowell Stadium.
former owner of the San Diego Padres, Werner and a group of partners
bought the Red Sox in 2002, just three years before the team went
on to win its first World Series championship in 86 years. One of
their earliest promises was to save Fenway Park and in the interim
they have done much to improve the fan experience there. They also
created the Red Sox Foundation, the leading philanthropy in all
of sports, which has donated millions of dollars to New England
For more than two decades, Werner has shaped and defined television
entertainment as a partner and co-founder of Carsey-Werner, one
of the most successful independent studios in television history.
Werner’s many credits as executive producer include The Cosby
Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From the Sun, That ‘70s Show, A Different
World, Cybill, Grounded for Life and Grace Under Fire. He and his
partner Marcy Carsey, UNH ’66, have developed a library of
programs seen in more than 175 counties and translated into 50 languages.
Werner has been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences and Broadcasting and Cable Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
Carsey-Werner’s philosophy of putting the audience first brought
their shows many accolades including 24 Emmy Awards, 11 Golden Globes,
23 People’s Choice Awards, 4 Humanitas Prizes, 2 George Foster
Peabody Awards and 18 NAACP Image Awards. Along with being honored
by the Museum of Television and Radio, the entertainment duo have
received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from National Association
of Television Program Executives, the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement
Award from The Producer’s Guild of America and a place in
the Museum of the American Dream as one of the 20th century’s
most extraordinary achievers. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently
appointed Werner to the California Film Commission. He also serves
on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations, including
the Dana Farber Institute in Boston.
Commencement parking is available in Lots A, F, Mast Road and West
Edge. Shuttles will provide transportation from the Mast Road and
West Edge lots. Special services parking is available in B Lot for
those candidates and guests with mobility impairments. For more