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Alumna returns to SCU for graduate commencement
"We are honored to welcome Mary Bitterman - one of our own alumni - back on campus as the graduate commencement speaker this year,"said Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J. "Mary 's accomplishments and experience as a nationally recognized broadcast executive and foundation leader are a symbol of the possibilities of what today's graduates can achieve as accomplished, ethical professionals dedicated to the service of society."
A fourth-generation Californian, Bitterman was president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation from February 2002 to April 2003. She also served as President and CEO of KQED from 1993- 2002. Bitterman's previous professional roles include director of the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, director of the Voice of America (a Presidential appointment), and the executive director of the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority. Bitterman is director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. At present, there are 18 institutes in four states -- Maine, Vermont, California, and Hawaii -- with plans underway to develop a national network of the Osher Institutes.
Bitterman also maintains a broad set of community affiliations. She is currently a director of the Los Angeles Urban Funders, Bank of Hawaii, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Public Broadcasting Service. She is an honorary member of the National Presswomen's Federation and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all
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