Widener Honors Philadelphia Inquirer Owner/Publisher H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest
Former Philadelphia Inquirer owner Brian Tierney (right) interviews current owner and publisher H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest (left) during the annual Voices of Leadership event.
Widener University and the Oskin Leadership Institute yesterday honored special guest
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, sole owner and publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. The evening celebrated the institute’s mission to inspire students
to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage
and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.
With roughly 100 business and civic leaders from the Greater Philadelphia area in attendance, Widener University’s President James T. Harris III and the Oskin Leadership Institute held a dinner and intimate discussion with Mr. Lenfest about life lessons and leadership, led by Widener Trustee Brian Tierney.
Mr. Lenfest formed Lenfest Communications in 1974 and grew the agency from 7,600 cable subscribers to one of the top 12 cable companies in the United States. He sold Lenfest Communications to COMCAST in 2000. Beyond his commitment to the communications industry, Mr. Lenfest continues to be a generous philanthropist in support of the Philadelphia community – and is often referred to as a contemporary founding father of the city having bolstered its education, art and music institutions with generous donations.
“Gerry Lenfest exemplifies the values of Widener University, from civic engagement to leadership, that have been instilled in our foundation since 1821,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III. “We are proud to honor him for his achievements, and he is a great example for our students to be strong leaders for their generation. Mr. Lenfest is truly someone others can learn from.”
Following the discussion, the Oskin Leadership Institute, with the help of junior political science major Justin Jackson of Philadelphia, presented Mr. Lenfest with the Widener Bugle for his answer to the call of leadership. A centerpiece in American military history, the bugle’s various calls kept troops informed over vast distances prior to radio technology, which is why a bugle is presented to the honored guests of the Voices of Leadership each year.
For more information about the Voices of Leadership Dinner, please visit Widener University’s website.
Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu.