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(Boston) – Bloomberg CEO of Multimedia Andrew R. Lack, Richard D. Reidy, president and CEO of Progress Software and chair of Boston University’s Board of Overseers, and CBS Entertainment President Nina C. Tassler, were recently elected university trustees, announced BU Trustee Chair Robert A. Knox.
Knox also announced that psychologist Gayle R. Berg, Ph.D., was appointed an overseer of Boston University.
“We are very pleased to welcome Andrew Lack, Rick Reidy and Nina Tassler to the board of trustees, as well as Dr. Gayle Berg to the board of overseers,” said Knox. “Each of them is an extraordinary addition to the university’s governing bodies, and we look forward to collaboration with them to meet the significant challenges ahead and to capitalize on our future opportunities.”
Lack, a 1968 graduate of BU’s College of Fine Arts, is responsible for managing Bloomberg’s 24-hour television business and financial news network, as well as its radio and web-based news outlets, served by 2,300 journalists in 140 countries. He is a former president of NBC and NBC News, and under his leadership, the division had several of the nation’s most watched programs, including “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “The Today Show” and “Dateline NBC.” More recently, he was chair and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, which merged in 2004 with Bertelsmann AG’s music division to create Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the second-largest recording company in the world, for which he served as chair until 2008.
Reidy, as chair of the university’s Board of Overseers, has served as an ex-officio trustee since September `07. A 1982 alumnus of BU’s School of Management, he was recently named head of Bedford, Mass.-based Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS), a global provider of leading application infrastructure software to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. He was previously Progress Software’s chief operating officer. Reidy also serves on the Leadership Advisory Board of BU’s College of Engineering.
Tassler, a 1979 BU graduate and university overseer, supervises CBS network’s entertainment programming for prime time, late night and daytime, as well as program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, specials, movies and mini-series. Since assuming responsibility for the entertainment division, she has introduced the critically acclaimed comedies “How I Met Your Mother,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and most recently, “The Big Bang Theory.” This fall, under Tassler’s guidance, CBS debuted “The Mentalist,” the No. 1–ranked new series of the 2008-09 season and the first series newcomer to top the weekly program rankings since 2005.
Berg, a 1974 graduate of BU’s Sargent College, subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University. She is a current member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Committed to mental health advocacy, Berg has served as chair of PLANY (Psychologists for Legislative Action in New York), the state’s political action committee for psychology since 1998, and the chair of Nassau County Psychological Association’s Legislative Committee. She is an active board member of New York State Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives and conducts a full-time private practice in Roslyn, N.Y.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.