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Comcast founder Roberts receives Fox’s Musser Award

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Ralph J. Roberts, founder of Comcast Corp., received the 2005 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from The Fox School of Business and Management on Nov. 2. Mr. Roberts received the award at the ninth annual Musser Awards Dinner.

The Fox School chose Roberts because of his outstanding business success and leadership in the local and national business community as well as his work to create a culture of giving back to the communities that Comcast serves.

Announcing the award, Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat said, “Through his entrepreneurship, his dedication, his deep community involvement and his values, Ralph Roberts represents the best in leadership excellence Philadelphia has to offer. For any aspiring entrepreneur, his story offers great inspiration. He bought a small, struggling cable television company and from it, created Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as the 2005 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award recipient,” Roberts said. “Temple University and The Fox School are vital parts of Philadelphia and have a history of teaching young people to become informed, responsible members of society. It is important for the city and its businesses to work together to help our young people become the best they can be.”

Roberts founded Comcast in 1963 with the purchase of a 1,700-subscriber cable service in Tupelo, Miss. From those humble beginnings, Comcast has grown into a media giant, with 21.5 million subscribers in 35 states, and has changed America’s TV viewing habits.

Roberts has used his many business and professional leadership skills to serve the needs of the Greater Philadelphia community. He currently serves on the boards of the Council of Emeritus Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy, as well as the Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is also active in his support for Project H.O.M.E., an outreach program for the homeless in Philadelphia founded by Sister Mary Scullion.

Roberts epitomizes the Musser Award’s ethic that exceptional achievement in business and exceptional effort on behalf of the community are compatible, mutually supportive goals. The Musser Award, now in its ninth year, was named to honor its first recipient, Warren V. (Pete) Musser, founder of Safeguard Scientifics and current chairman of the Musser Group, who endowed the award in 1998.

In addition to honoring Roberts, the Musser dinner also recognized achievement by members of The Fox School community in teaching, faculty service, administrative service, student leadership and alumni leadership.

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Photo by Lisa Godfrey
Warren V. (Pete) Musser (far left), for whom the Musser Award is named, stands with 2005 internal award winners (left to right) Robert Tarola (alumni achievement), senior vice president and chief financial officer of W.R. Grace & Co.; Stanley K. Ridgley (student leadership), 2005 graduate of the international M.B.A. program; Debbie Riley (administrative service), business manager for The Fox School of Business and Management; David Ryan (faculty service), associate professor and accounting department chair; Elyas Elyasiani (research), professor of finance and economics; Lynne Andersson (teaching), assistant professor in the department of human resource management; and M. Moshe Porat, dean of The Fox School.

Recipients of the awards include: teaching, Lynne Andersson, assistant professor in the human resource management department; research, Elyas Elyasiani, professor of finance and economics; faculty service, David Ryan, accounting department chair and associate professor; administrative service, Debbie Riley, business manager for The Fox School of Business; student leadership, Stanley K. Ridgley, graduate of the international M.B.A. program in September 2005; alumni achievement, Robert M. Tarola, senior vice president and chief financial officer of W.R. Grace & Co.

Proceeds from the 2005 Musser Excellence in Leadership Awards ceremony support the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. The fund supports programs that add significant value to the learning experience at The Fox School, among them the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, which leverages the school’s international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

This program enables highly motivated and meritorious business honors students to conduct meaningful research throughout their undergraduate career. Mentored by experienced research faculty, these undergraduate research scholars receive annual scholarships to work on research relevant to their career goals. They enjoy unique opportunities to access high-level internships, prepare for advanced work at the graduate level and earn research course credits that will enhance their applications to top graduate schools.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence also supports students in the M.B.A. program, the flagship program at The Fox School. The fund helps to ensure that graduates continue to distinguish themselves in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond as talented business leaders and as significant contributors to the advancement of knowledge in business disciplines.

By Lisa Z. Meritz and Jennifer Fitzgerald

Musser Award winners
Teaching: Lynne Andersson, assistant professor in the human resource management department, who excels not only in the classroom but also in her profession and in the community.
Research: Elyas Elyasiani, professor of finance and economics. With a special interest in banking and financial institutions, financial markets, monetary theory and policy, econometrics and statistics, Elyasiani has published more than 40 papers in top-tier journals.
Faculty service: David Ryan, accounting department chair and associate professor. In addition to serving as chair, he was the faculty adviser to the Accounting Student Organization fraternity and has served as a member or chair of many committees at the department, college and University level, including several important Universitywide curricular committees.
Administrative service: Debbie Riley, business manager for The Fox School of Business, who helps administrators and faculty members to navigate the University’s policies and systems.
Student leadership: Stanley K. Ridgley, graduate of the international M.B.A. program in September 2005. He completed a book on Russian business culture, which demonstrates how American companies can utilize knowledge of Russian culture to gain a cultural competitive advantage when doing business in Russia.
Alumni Achievement: Robert M. Tarola, senior vice president and chief financial officer of W.R. Grace & Co. He is responsible for worldwide financial services financial planning, internal auditing, investor relations and investment management for the $2.3 billion global specialty chemical enterprise.

 

 


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