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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation, To Speak At Cheyney University Commencement Program
CHEYNEY, PA – May 13, 2013 – Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital announced that the 2013 Cheyney University commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM in the historic quadrangle on campus.
“This year we celebrate the 176th anniversary of the founding of Cheyney University,” said President Michelle Howard-Vital. “We are honored to have Ms. Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation serving as our 2013 commencement speaker. Her many accomplishments will inspire our new graduates to aim high as they approach their future.”
Ms. Lillie joined Comcast in 2005 as Vice President, Human Resources-Comcast Corporation, and Senior Vice-President, Human Resources-Comcast Cable. The Houston, Texas native received her B.A. in 1973 from Wesleyan University – cum laude; her J.D. in 1976 from Temple Law School – Dean’s Honor List; and her LL.M. in 1982 from Yale Law School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, in 2005. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA.
Ms. Lillie’s law practice included the representation of employers and management in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, primarily in federal court. She served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti discrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist regarding talent management, recruitment and retention strategies, and diversity. Prior to joining the Comcast Foundation, she was a partner in the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia from January, 1992 to February, 2005. She was Chair of the Litigation Department from 2002 to 2005, and was a member of the Employment and Labor Law Group of the firm.
Ms. Lillie’s legal experience included positions as Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Deputy Director, Community Legal Services, Inc., Professor at Villanova Law School, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, General Counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia and City Solicitor of the City of Philadelphia.
In addition, Ms. Lillie has been a member of many civic commissions, including the Independent Charter Commission, the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Task Force, the MOVE Commission and the Philadelphia Election Reform Task Force. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and is the former president of the Board of the Juvenile Law Center.
She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, NBCUniversal Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club. She served as a Trustee of Friends Select School from 1994 to 2002, and 2003 to 2006, serving as President of the Board of Trustees for two years. She was elected to membership in The Executive Leadership Council in 2008.
A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Call Me Mister teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University recently celebrated its 175th Anniversary. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu.
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