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Awards Keynote Speaker: USAF Colonel Shawn Campbell

Awards Keynote Speaker: USAF Colonel Shawn Campbell

United States Air Force Colonel Shawn W. Campbell, Commander of the 10th Air Base Wing at the United States Air Force Academy, will be the keynote speaker for the NETA Awards to kick off the 2019 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum that takes place January 21-24, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NETA is partnering with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on the conference to provide a four-day experience to inspire innovative thinking about public media stations’ future educational content and services.

Colonel Campbell has served for more than 25 years in the Air Force, both as an enlisted member and as an officer and has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. In his current position, he is responsible for a $150 million annual operating budget and leads a team of more than 3,000 personnel who provide security, civil engineering, communications, logistics, finance, contracting, chaplaincy, legal, lodging, medical, personnel resources and recreational programs in support of the Academy’s mission to graduate officers ready to lead in the United States Air Force. In his keynote remarks on Monday, January 21, he will focus on “How Excellence Permeates the Air Force’s Heritage, Heirs, and History Yet to be Made.”

“It’s a great honor to present during the 2019 NETA Conference. Public broadcasting programs have been a part of my entire life. Like tens of millions of others, I grew up watching PBS and CPB programming, and continue enjoying many educational and musical programs today,” said Colonel Campbell.

Colonel Campbell holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Management from The George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership; and a graduate of the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Additionally, he served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Colonel Campbell has held key leadership and advisory positions at Headquarters United States Air Force, Headquarters United States Central Command, Headquarters United States Transportation Command, and Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center. He has deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Campbell leads with integrity and enthusiasm and inspires those he leads to pursue excellence in everything they do.

“The NETA Awards recognize excellence as we celebrate the best in public media,” says NETA vice president, education, Timothy Eernisse. “Colonel Campbell combines living a life of excellence with a passion for lifelong learning, a perfect representation of the NETA Award recipients and their work. We are honored to have him join us for this special evening.”


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