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Gerry Lenfest to receive Temple's Fox School Award for Excellence in Leadership

Gerry Lenfest, founder of the former Suburban Cable, now part of Comcast Corporation, will receive the 2006 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management on Nov. 15, 2006.


Lenfest will receive the award at the 10th Annual Musser Awards Dinner, which will be attended by leaders in the Greater Philadelphia business community. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the Great Court in Mitten Hall on North Broad Street.


The Fox School Award Committee chose Lenfest for this award because of his outstanding business success and leadership in the local and national business communities, as well as his work to create a culture of giving back to the community.


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Gerry Lenfest (left), winner of the 2006 Musser Award and Warren V. (Pete) Musser (right), the inaugural recipient, at the Greater Philadelphia first Entrepreneurial Campus Summit last spring.
(Photo courtesy Lisa Godfrey)

In announcing the award, Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat said, “Gerry Lenfest has had great success in business and is now one of a group of prominent entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who are applying their leadership and entrepreneurial skills to philanthropic causes.”


Lenfest said of the recognition,  “This award has great meaning to me.  But independent of the award, I have found working for philanthropic causes deeply satisfying.  I’m also pleased to discover that many of the entrepreneurial lessons I’ve learned in business, like being innovative and making sure that any initiatives have impact, can be applied to philanthropy.”  


Early in his distinguished and varied career, Lenfest was corporate counsel for Triangle Publications, which owned various media, including several radio, television and cable stations, newspapers, TV Guide and SEVENTEEN magazine. There, he became the editorial director and publisher of SEVENTEEN, and president of CATV operations.        


He went on to form his own company, which became Lenfest Communications Inc. The company, of which Suburban Cable was a subsidiary, eventually became one of the top 12 cable television companies in the United States. In 2000, he sold Lenfest Communications to Comcast Corporation.


Lenfest epitomizes the Musser Award’s ethic that exceptional achievement in business and exceptional effort on behalf of the community are compatible, mutually supportive goals. He is a full-time philanthropist, and serves as chairman for several boards, including the Curtis Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In a continuation of his commitment to the Philadelphia community, Lenfest, along with philanthropist Warren V. (Pete) Musser, who endowed the Musser Award in 1998, teamed up at Greater Philadelphia’s first Entrepreneurial Campus Summit last spring. At the event, which was held on Temple’s campus, these seasoned entrepreneurs shared their entrepreneurial wisdom with students from different area universities.

The Musser Awards are now celebrating their 10th anniversary. Pete Musser, the first recipient of the Musser Award, is a major force behind the Philadelphia venture capital community, and one of the principal contributors to the health and vibrancy of commerce in the Philadelphia area. He founded the Eastern Technology Council and Safeguard Scientifics, helped launch such major companies as Novell and QVC, and currently is the chairman and CEO of The Musser Group, as well as the chairman and co-CEO of Epitome Systems.


In addition to Musser, Gerry Lenfest joins a distinguished list of previous Musser Award recipients that includes Ralph J. Roberts, founder of Comcast Corporation; James E. Nevels, chairman and CEO of the Swarthmore Group; Dennis Alter, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Advanta; Sidney Kimmel, founder and former chairman of Jones Apparel Group; Willard G. Rouse III, former chairman, CEO and president of Liberty Property Trust; William Avery, retired chairman and CEO of Crown Cork & Seal Company; Felix Zandman, chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc; and John Bogle, founder and former chairman of The Vanguard Group.

In addition to honoring Lenfest, the Musser dinner will also recognize achievement by members of The Fox School community in teaching, faculty service, administrative service, student leadership and alumni leadership.
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Proceeds from the 2006 Musser Excellence in Leadership Awards ceremony go to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, which supports innovative programs such as the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. This program enables highly motivated business honors students to conduct meaningful research throughout their undergraduate careers. The Dean’s Fund for Excellence also supports students in the International MBA and MBA programs’ innovative Enterprise Management Consulting Practicum.       


The Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the Greater Philadelphia region and among the largest in the world, with more than 6,000 students, 150 full-time faculty members and 45,000 alumni. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked The Fox School’s undergraduate Risk Management and Insurance program the fifth-best in the U.S. and its undergraduate International Business program the 10th-best in the U.S. In addition, Entrepreneur magazine and Princeton Review ranked Temple University’s entrepreneurship program as the nation’s fourth-best program for undergraduates and seventh-best for graduate students. Financial Times ranked The Fox School’s EMBA program No. 17 in the U.S. and Top 10 in Career Progression, and the Fox MBA in the Top 10 in the U.S. in all international categories and overall as one of the top 50 MBA programs in the nation.  The Fox School of Business is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). For more information, visit www.fox.temple.edu.

Lisa Z. Meritz, Julia Straka

Musser Award  winners in the Fox School community
Teaching: Erwin Blackstone, Fox School professor of economics, is an award-winning teacher and a dedicated educator, who has been teaching economics for more than 35 years.
Research: Michael Powers, Fox School professor of risk, insurance and healthcare management, and editor of the Journal of Risk Finance, has published numerous research articles, edited two scholarly books and written a science-fiction novel.
Faculty service: Howard Weiss, Fox School professor of management science and operations management, has displayed dedicated commitment to the academic oversight of the school’s Executive MBA program.
Administrative service: Eustace Kangaju, director of Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and adjunct instructor of general and strategic management, implemented a growth strategy for the SBDC, which resulted in a 100 percent increase in the number of entrepreneurs assisted — now more than 1,000 annually — many of whom are from the North Philadelphia community.

Student leadership: Rupal Patel (Fox BBA ’06) served as vice president and community service chairperson for the College Council of Presidents, coordinating six American Red Cross blood drives, several Philadelphia Cares Day events, numerous food drives for both Project H.O.M.E. and victims of Hurricane Katrina, and a book drive in honor of 2004 Musser Award winner James Nevels. 

Alumni Achievement: Frank Scardino, founder and owner of several start-up telecommunications companies, including FreeSpark, LLC, is a strong supporter of The Fox School and Temple University, giving generously of both his time and money.




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