Duane Bonifer  |   Published February 15, 2017

Commencement speaker

PBS executive Juan Sepúlveda to give address on May 14
  • Public Broadcasting System senior executive Juan Sepúlveda will deliver the address at Monmouth College’s 160th Commencement Exercises, to be held at noon on May 14.
Public Broadcasting System senior executive Juan Sepúlveda will deliver the address at Monmouth College’s 160th Commencement Exercises, to be held at noon on May 14.

Sepúlveda has been PBS senior vice president, station services since 2014. Sepúlveda, who earned degrees from Harvard University, Oxford University and Stanford University Law School, was the third Latino to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

“Juan Sepúlveda is a living example that higher education is a pathway to success in this country,” said Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt. “Like many of us, he came from a modest background, and through education he’s become someone who makes a difference in our communities. Juan is a very energetic speaker, and he will offer our students a powerful message.”

In his role with PBS, Sepúlveda represents the perspective of the network’s independent member stations in the management and strategic direction of PBS to ensure that programs, products and services support each station’s connection to its community and audience. Sepúlveda also works closely with stations, the PBS Board of Directors, station affinity groups and other national public media organizations to focus on issues of sustainability.

Before joining PBS, Sepúlveda was Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs with the Democratic National Committee, and he was Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

While working in the White House, Sepúlveda designed and led the first Hispanic Policy Conference along with a series of Hispanic Community Action Summits across the country that brought together representatives of offices and federal agencies with Latino community leaders to build relationships and partnerships to tackle key community issues.

Sepúlveda’s national strategy consulting organization, The Common Enterprise, grew out of a national Rockefeller Foundation initiative and took him to more than 35 states to work with communities in urban and rural settings. From 2004-09, Sepúlveda was the host of Conversations on PBS member station KLRN in San Antonio, where he also designed and led KLRN’s community advisory board.
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