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WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeffery Marks Advises Students to Embrace Change


Marks spoke as part of the Ferrum College Executive in Residence program.

Ferrum, Va. (November 16, 2012) – On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeffery Marks was the fourth speaker of the fall semester for Ferrum College's Executive in Residence Speaker Series. In addition to visiting with students in several classes and touring the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, Marks delivered a keynote address for members of the College community in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall.

“Embrace change and love it,” Marks advised the audience of students, faculty and staff. “Because what choice do we have?”

As president and general manager of WDBJ7, Marks is head of a prominent television, Web and mobile information and entertainment service centered in Roanoke. Before his move to southwest Virginia, his career included positions at television stations in Washington, DC, Kentucky, Georgia, Maine, and New Jersey. Active in a wide variety of community affairs and professional organizations, Marks was elected chairman of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the international organization of journalists in electronic media, and served eight years on the board.

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 campus, 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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See photos from Marks' visit to Ferrum College.

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