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Husson University’s Distinguished Business Speaker Series To Resume in September

Published on: August 31, 2022

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BANGOR, MAINE – The sixth installment of Husson University’s Distinguished Business Speaker Series will feature Dennis Lewin, one of the nation’s leading experts in professional sports and broadcasting. His 40-year career includes senior leadership roles at ABC Sports, the National Football League (NFL) and Little League Baseball and Softball International. His presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business at 64 Kagan Drive in Bangor.     

Dennis Lewin was instrumental in developing the NFL’s “instant replay” review process. He was also the broadcast producer for the television coverage of the 1972 Olympic Games where Mark Spitz won seven gold medals. In addition, Lewin helped strengthen Little League’s relationship with ESPN/ABC.

“Little League’s baseball’s and softball’s World Series and Regional Tournament events receive national television coverage each summer,” said Dr. Richard Fabri, the sport management program coordinator and assistant professor in Husson University’s College of Business. “While chair of Little League’s Broadcasting Committee, he was vitally involved in the negotiations that expanded television coverage by ABC/ ESPN, from a handful of games annually, to over 320 games televised each year on ESPN’s various platforms. Included were all of the different programs run by Little League.”

Now retired, Lewin’s career included a 30-year stint at ABC Sports (1966-1996). While he was with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Lewin produced such shows as Monday Night Football and both the Major League and Little League World Series. He was also an integral part of the production team at eight Olympic Games. He received 13 Emmy Awards for his contributions to broadcasting during his time with ABC. In 1986, Lewin became the senior vice president of production at ABC Sports.

After leaving ABC Sports, he was named the senior vice president of broadcasting at the National Football League. During this time, he was responsible for managing the relationship with the NFL's broadcasting partners. Lewin was also responsible for overseeing the creation of the league's annual playing schedule.

Lewin accepted an invitation to join Little League International’s board of directors in 1996. He served the organization as a member of their board for 24 years - including a five-year term as their chair from 2007-2012.

The seventh installment of the Distinguished Business Speaker Series will take place on September 28, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre. The featured speaker will be Tess Gerritsen, the international bestselling author responsible for creating “Rizzoli & Isles.”

Alumni and friends of Husson University can register online to attend either or both of these upcoming presentations. A link to the online registration form is available on the Husson Alumni Events webpage.

The purpose of Husson University’s Distinguished Business Speaker Series is to educate students, alumni and community members on the challenges facing businesses and related professions. In addition, this series is designed to inspire those who will become our future leaders. Launched in September of 2021, in conjunction with the opening of Harold Alfond Hall, the new home of Husson University’s College of Business, this series includes dynamic speakers from a variety of disciplines ranging from banking, manufacturing, government and security, to agriculture, management, marketing, sports and more.

Gatherings like this also provide members of the public with an opportunity to hear directly from influential members of the business community and government who affect our national, state and local economy. Every event in the Distinguished Business Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

Masks are not required on campus except where “clearly marked or communicated otherwise.” While masks are not required to attend this event, all individuals in attendance have the option to continue to wear COVID-19 protective masks if that’s their preference.

Husson University is the home of the largest College of Business in the state. Offering an array of undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates that can be taken on campus, on site or online, the College of Business is dedicated to providing students with an education that leads to career success, regardless of whether they choose to work in the public sector; the private and corporate sector; or for non-profit organizations. Courses in the College of Business offer students the opportunity for experiences where they “learn by doing.”  For more information about Husson University’s College of Business visit https://www.husson.edu/college-of-business/

For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength in delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent a superior value in higher education. The hallmarks of a Husson education include advanced knowledge delivered through quality educational programs in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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