School wasn't a priority for Bob Schieffer during his college years Texas Christian University. Instead, he focused most of his attention on a reporting job at a local radio station.
"In reality, college life for me ended the day I went to work," Schieffer writes in his 2003 best-selling book, This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV. "My great regret is that I never gave college a chance and it took many years for me to realize what I had missed."
Schieffer will take another swing at college life next spring when he serves as the keynote presenter for RIT's 125th commencement. He will deliver his address during Academic Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.
A news reporter for more than 50 years, Schieffer recently celebrated his 40th anniversary at CBS News. He has served as moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast, since 1991, and he is also CBS News' chief Washington correspondent, a post he has held since 1982. He has been honored with virtually every award in broadcast journalism.
Schieffer has agreed to serve as RIT's commencement speaker at the invitation of Timothy Busch, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which owns local CBS affiliate WROC-TV (Channel 8). Barry Culhane, executive assistant to President Bill Destler, also played a key role in securing Schieffer's visit.
Paul Stella '03