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April 20, 2009

Birmingham-Southern alumna and Birmingham native to deliver keynote address at college's Honors Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College alumna Susan C. Shelton, corporate counsel and assistant secretary at Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. in New York City, will deliver the keynote address at the college's annual Honors Day Convocation Thursday, April 23. Honors Day is a celebration of the year's academic accomplishments at Birmingham-Southern.

A native of Birmingham and a 1993 BSC Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a degree in international business and French, Shelton will deliver the annual Honors Convocation address at 10 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium.

Shelton, who is the daughter of BSC adjunct art professor Bob Shelton, became the corporate counsel at Hearst-Argyle in October 2003. Prior to joining HTV, a publicly traded, New York Stock Exchange-listed media company, she practiced as a mergers and acquisitions/securities lawyer at the New York office of the global firm Clifford Chance US LLP for five years.

Shelton's professional associations include the American, New York and New York City Bar Associations, The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and American Women in Radio & Television. She is a graduate of the Hearst Management Institute's Foundations of Leadership, a yearlong leadership program designed for young Hearst executives by Northwestern University's Media Management Center.

After graduating from BSC, Shelton spent four months in Paris, France, as a translator for the medical communications firm Media Video Son. She then earned her Juris Doctor and master's in international law at Duke University School of Law in 1998. Her international law master's degree focused on European Union, and she completed part of her curriculum in Brussels, Belgium.

In addition to the Honors Day Convocation which will include a processional of graduating seniors and faculty in cap and gown, the day will feature academic awards presented to outstanding students in each of the academic areas and a demonstration of scholarship and creative works by students and faculty.

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