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Noted journalist to speak at Convocation

Posted 08/13/03, by Roland Adams

Event will open College's 234th year

Susan Dentzer '77

Susan Dentzer, correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, member of the Class of 1977, and currently chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, will deliver remarks at Convocation, which will officially open the College's 234th year on Tuesday, Sept. 23. President James Wright will deliver the main address and Janos D. Marton, a member of the Class of 2004 and Student Body President, will also speak.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Leede Arena in the John W. Berry Sports Center. The traditional Community Cookout hosted by President James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright will follow the Convocation exercises. The cookout will be held on Tuck Mall (Thayer Dining Hall in the event of rain) from noon until 2 p.m.

"Susan Dentzer offers our students, especially the members of the incoming Class of 2007, a wonderful example of the achievements and contributions that Dartmouth graduates have traditionally made to society and to the College," said President Wright. "We very much look forward to having her speak at Convocation this year."

An on-air correspondent for "The NewsHour," Dentzer covers health-care, economic, and social policy issues including Medicare and Medicaid reform, health care economics, Social Security reform, and welfare reform. She was previously an economics columnist and chief economics correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a senior writer of business news at Newsweek. She is also a regular guest on other national television and radio shows like ABC's "Nightline."

Dentzer is a Director of the Japan Society of New York and as a recipient of the Society's U.S. Japan Leadership Program Fellowship studied U.S.-Japan economic relations. As a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1986-87, she pursued studies in health economics and other disciplines. Dentzer was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Dartmouth and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Muskingum College in Concord, Ohio.

A member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1988 to 1991 and chair of the editorial board of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine from 1987 to 1989, Dentzer received the Presidential Medal for Achievement in 1991 and the Dartmouth Alumni Council's Young Alumni Award in 1993. As a member of the Board of Trustees, she has served on several committees including the Trustees' Committee on Board Organization from 1989 to 1990 and the Public Affairs Advisory Committee from 1989 to 1993. She is currently a Trustee member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center board and of the Dartmouth Medical School Board of Overseers.

- Roland Adams

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