March 28, 2013

Former AT&T Executive to Speak at Commencement

Fort Wayne, Ind. — John D. Zeglis, retired chairman and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, will be the keynote speaker at Indiana Tech’s 2013 Commencement on May 18. He was president of AT&T before AT&T Wireless was spun-off as a public company in 2000. Zeglis is also the founder and principal owner of the Fort Wayne’s NBA D-League team, the Mad Ants.

John D. Zeglis, Commencement Speaker

“John Zeglis has a long track record of business and leadership success, and I am very much looking forward to hearing him share his insights with our graduates,” said President Arthur Snyder.

Zeglis earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Harvard Law School. He won a Knox Memorial Fellowship for a year of postgraduate study in law and economics in Europe.

He began his career as an associate with the law firm of Sidley & Austin, where he later became partner. He joined AT&T in 1984 as corporate vice president—law. He rose to president of AT&T in 1997. He served as CEO of AT&T wireless from 1999 to 2004.

Zeglis is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities, and he has been awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees by George Washington University and Valparaiso University. He serves on several non-profit boards including Culver Educational Foundation; the Marshall County Community Foundation; the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Mishawaka, Indiana; the St. Joseph Hospital of Plymouth, Indiana; Howard University; Manchester University; Valparaiso University; the Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Illinois; the United Way of Marshall County; Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana; and the Lake Maxinkuckee Gift of Warmth Film Festival.

He also is a director of the Helmerich and Payne Corporation of Tulsa, Okla.; State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Bloomington, Ill.; Telstra, Inc. of Australia; and The Duchossois Group of Companies.

The university expects more than 600 students from all Indiana Tech locations to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The degrees conferred at the ceremony range from associate degrees to doctorates.

About Commencement

Speaker: John D. Zeglis

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013

Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (click here for directions)


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