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"Find Your Way" Advises Ferrum College Executive in Residence Mike McColl '93


Mike McColl

Ferrum, Va. (April 10, 2013) – Ferrum College alumnus Mike McColl ’93, who has been the “voice of the NFL on Fox” for 11 football seasons and counting, served as Executive in Residence at the College today. In addition to visiting with students during several classes, McColl gave a keynote address during which he recommended to audience members "find your way,""listen to your heart" and "be ready for the breaks" as they pursue their dreams.

McColl also advised, "Be honest with yourself. Be honest with others. Be honest about what your capabilities are."

In addition to hearing McColl on FOX, for the last decade up until last year, it was his voice heard on E! Entertainment Television. He has also been heard on ABC “Dancing with the Stars”, CW’s “Gossip Girl” and CBS game shows, “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” Add to this hundreds of movie trailers for the FX network, documentaries and series narration for the Discovery Channel and NatGeo, and that spells McColl’s remarkable career in voice acting.

"I am lucky to have made it in a part of the business I am proud of," said McColl.

See photos from his visit to campus here.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, McColl’s first job after graduating from Ferrum College in 1993 was managing a small AM radio station and local cable channel in Stuart, Va. While there he worked with a talent agent in Charlotte and began a series of on-camera auditions. He was eventually accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and graduated in 1998. His “big break” came in 2000 when he was chosen to voice the movie trailer for a Spike Lee film entitled “Love and Basketball” followed shortly afterward with the contracts as the voice of E! Entertainment Television and the NFL on FOX. 

McColl currently resides in Studio City, Ca. with Gwyn, his wife of 10 years, and their daughters Scarlett and Tullah. He serves as a board member of Hollywood Young Life and Random Acts and is a partner in Dogwood Cellars, a boutique winery that produces award winning, handcrafted wines in Sonoma County, Ca. 

The Executive in Residence initiative at Ferrum College brings the real world business experience of current and retired business professionals to campus. Guest executives tour the College, audit classes, interact with students and faculty, and are asked to deliver a lecture sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful business career.


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