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Bob Schieffer to Deliver Saint Anselm College Commencement Address

April 07, 2014

Michelle Adams
Communications and Marketing
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Bob SchiefferBob Schieffer, anchor and moderator of CBS News' "Face the Nation" will be this year's commencement speaker at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., it was announced today by Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., the college president. Schieffer has more than 50 years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience; 2014 marks his 45th year at CBS News.

Schieffer will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony to be held Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. It was also announced Richard J. Meelia (Class of '71), first Chairman, President and CEO of Covidien, and Sister Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., first president of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Conn., will be so honored.

"Each of these extraordinary leaders impact the world in meaningful, positive ways," said Dr. DiSalvo.

"They represent the values and ideals that are at the heart of Saint Anselm's mission - to educate individuals who make and find opportunities to engage in the service of diverse local, national and global fields and communities."

Bob Schieffer

Born in Austin, Texas, Bob Schieffer has been a reporter for more than 50 years and at CBS News for 45. He has anchored and moderated "Face the Nation," CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast and one of the longest-running and highest-rated news programs in the history of television, since 1991. Prior to joining CBS in 1969 he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.

Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism including seven Emmys, and is one of the few reporters in Washington to have covered all four of the major beats: the Pentagon, the White House, Congress and the State Department. He became the network's chief Washington correspondent in 1982 and anchored the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" for 23 years. He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon as well as most of those who sought the office.

He is the author of four books: The New York Times bestsellers "This Just In," and "Bob Schieffer's America," as well as "Face The Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast" and "The Acting President."

Richard J. Meelia

Richard J. Meelia was the first Chairman, President and CEO of Covidien, a leading $11 billion global healthcare products company.

Mr. Meelia retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company on July 1, 2011. He then served as non-executive Chairman of the Board until March 2012, when he stepped down from all duties with the company.

Covidien creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. The company manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product lines in three segments: medical devices, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. With 2011 revenue of $11.6 billion, Covidien has 41,000 employees worldwide in more than 65 countries, and its products are sold in over 140 countries.

This business, formerly known as Tyco Healthcare, spun off from parent company Tyco International on June 29, 2007. Mr. Meelia was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Covidien at that time and was appointed to the company's Board of Directors. He was elected to the additional position of Chairman of the Board on October 1, 2008.

Mr. Meelia joined Kendall Healthcare Products Company, the foundation of the Tyco Healthcare business, as Group President in 1991 and became President of Tyco Healthcare in 1995. During the ensuing decade, he directed Tyco Healthcare's acquisition, integration and product development efforts, growing the business from $600 million to more than $11 billion annually.

Prior to joining Kendall/Tyco Healthcare, Mr. Meelia was President of Infusaid, Inc., a division of Pfizer Hospital Products Group that manufactures and markets implantable infusion pumps and ports. Before that, he held sales and marketing positions with the Pharmaseal and McGaw divisions of the American Hospital Supply Corporation.

A graduate of Saint Anselm College, Mr. Meelia earned an M.B.A. degree from Boston College.

Mr. Meelia is a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Francis House and Por Cristo, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Saint Anselm College and is the Chairman of the Board for both Apollo Endosurgery Inc., and Haemonetics. 

Sister Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.

Sr. Sheila O'Neill is the first President of Sacred Heart Academy (from which she graduated in 1971), a college preparatory school located in Hamden, Conn. Sacred Heart was founded by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Roman Catholic tradition and is committed to the expression of strong Christian values and intellectual growth for young women.

Sr. Sheila entered the congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and professed perpetual vows in 1979. She earned a B.A. in math from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, a M.A. in theology from Fordham University in New York and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University in Missouri, and in 2005, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University.

Sr. Sheila taught math and religion at Sacred Heart Private School, New York and Cor Jesu Academy before serving as principal of Cor Jesu Academy, Sacred Heart's sister school, for 16 years. Before being named the first president of Sacred Heart Academy in 2010, she served for three years as Head of Mission Advancement for the U.S. Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart.