Mary Kellogg, who served for 20 years as executive vice president for television for The Walt Disney Company, will deliver Monmouth College’s annual Wendell Whiteman Memorial Lecture on April 3. She will be the first female speaker in the prestigious series, which was founded in 1992.
Kellogg’s extensive background in entertainment, marketing and production includes overseeing more than 100 television shows, such as “Live with Regis and (Kathie Lee) Kelly.” She also helped create and develop “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (both on television and as an attraction at Walt Disney World and Disneyland).
Kellogg was also an executive director in both marketing and programming at CBS for 10 years, and she shared multiple Emmy honors during her tenures at Disney and CBS.
Of the 20 speakers in the history of the Whiteman Lecture series, several have roots in the campus or local community, including nationally prominent businessmen – and Monmouth graduates – Kevin Goodwin and Hiroyuki Fujita, who spoke in 2011 and 2013.
Born and raised in Monmouth, Kellogg graduated from Monmouth High School before attending Columbia College in Chicago. Today, she is co-owner and executive vice president of marketing, sales and operations for Titanic Museum Attractions/Cedar Bay Entertainment.
The lecture series brings leaders of American business and industry to the Monmouth College campus. Named in memory of Wendell Whiteman, an alumnus of the college and long-time executive of Security Savings Bank in Monmouth, the series was founded by Wendell’s three sons, who all graduated from Monmouth with degrees in business.