Presentation will focus on leadership,
taking control of life, his experiences
By Catherine E. Porter
communication and marketing ’16
OCT. 27 – Trine University will welcome an executive with decades of experience in the news business as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series.
Thomas McDevitt, chairman of The Washington Times and its board of directors, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at Ryan Concert Hall, T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, 500 W. Maumee St. A certified teacher of Franklin Covey leadership principles, his speech will focus on successful leadership, designing and taking control of life, and his experiences at The Times.
As chief executive officer, McDevitt was responsible for all aspects of the news and information for the company. He led The Times through an intensive period of strategic turnaround, national market alignment and product line expansion, reaching more than 10 million regular readers throughout the country. Frequently, he speaks to national and international audiences on media trends, principled leadership and strategy.
He joined The Washington Times as a business director in 1994 and guided the launch of the National Weekly edition. After three years, the National Weekly had a circulation of more than 100,000 and subscribers in all 50 states.
McDevitt took on the title of general manager of The Washington Times magazine division in 2001, then also held positions as marketing director, vice president and special assistant to the president.
Other involvement includes serving as senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Points of Light Foundation, where he focused on promotion of corporate volunteer efforts, nonprofit brand and marketing strategy, and nationwide marketing partnerships in support of family volunteering and disaster relief.
McDevitt earned a bachelor degree in government from the University of Maryland and completed Six Sigma training through Villanova University. He also completed leadership and productivity courses with David Allen and Franklin Covey.
Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Seating, with plentiful options for those with disabilities, is on a first-come basis.