Paine College officials announced today that Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be the guest speaker for the Founders’ Day Convocation that will take place Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus. The College will celebrate its 132nd year of existence during a time when many alumni return to the campus to participate in the week of Homecoming festivities.
The event is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to have Commissioner Clyburn who has made significant and groundbreaking contributions in the arena of communications on our campus to interact with our students, faculty and staff,” commented Dr. George C. Bradley, President. The students are anticipating meeting the Commissioner during her visit as she shares her experiences in the industry.
Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.
Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.
Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics. Also, she is the daughter of U.S. Representative James Clyburn, [D-SC].
For more information, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, 803.664.0080 (mobile), or via email: Hcarter@paine.edu.