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Former QVC vice president will speak on campus on Jan. 29

Jan 25, 2010
By Morgan Lyles

Ohio University alumnus Ronald Giles will present "A Teacher in Commercial Television: Dewey meets Zettl," from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, in McCracken Hall 214 A/B. Lunch will be provided.

A 1964 graduate of the College of Education, Giles will discuss his career, spanning  from the classroom to television and beyond. The free talk is part of the McCracken Education Lecture Series.

Giles began his career teaching history at a junior high school in Columbus, Ohio, before entering the commercial television production field. He has worked for a number of television stations, including WBNS-TV, WCPO-TV and WBZ-TV. Giles also spent time with Warner QUBE and the Mullin Production Group.

In 1986, he was a part of the original management team that launched the shopping channel QVC, where he served as executive vice president of broadcasting.

?The confidence honed from working with a master teacher, and then confronting eighth graders each day, got me through my career hurdles every time,? Giles said.

Giles formed his own consultancy in 1996 and his work has spanned the globe, bringing him in contact with television clients in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Korea and China.

Giles lives in Glenmoore, Pa., with his wife, Joan, a 1966 College of Education graduate. He has authored several books, two of the most recent being ?On Harrisonville Avenue: A memoir ?mostly? of my 13th year? and ?Cottonwood Pass.?

The McCracken Education Lecture Series features a different speaker every quarter. The commonality among these educational advocates is that they all share a common goal of advancing the field of education. They are also often graduates of the Ohio University Department of Education. 

For more information, visit the College of Education Web site at www.coe.ohiou.edu/news-event/events.htm#lectureseries.


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Published: Jan 25, 2010 10:38 AM

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