From Left to Right: Cavaliere William Mc Ilheny, Commendatore Carmelo Cicala, Cavaliere Gemma Puglisi, Grande Ufficiale Margaret Melady, Ambasciatore Giovanni Castellaneta, Cavaliere Serena Cantoni, Cavaliere Cesarina Chiarappa Horing, Cavaliere Paola Corneo, Cavaliere Marco Troiano. Assente il Commendatore Maddalena Funicello Ferretti.
|Margaret B. Melady, Ph.D.|
Dr. Margaret Melady served as president of The American University of Rome from 1997 to 2003. Founded in 1969, the American University of Rome is Italy’s first American independent degree-granting university.
During her tenure as president, The American University of Rome reached a record level of enrollment, more than tripling in less than six years. Under Dr. Melady’s leadership, The American University of Rome added 14 new U.S. universities to its already impressive list of study abroad programs.
Margaret Melady has a rich background in university teaching and administration, corporate management and global communications. She has authored four books on social and political commentary and studies in international culture and communications and consulted with foreign and domestic clients for a Washington-based public affairs firm.
Dr. Melady is a former member of the faculties of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield (CT) and the State University of New York in Oswego where she taught speech, public relations and media communications.
An alumna of the College of New Rochelle where she received a B.A. degree, Dr. Melady received her M.A. from Seton Hall University. She earned the Licenza magna cum laude and Doctor of Social Sciences degree summa cum laude from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Her major study examined overseas travel as a new form of papal communications and was published by Preager in 1999 as The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II: The Pastoral Visit as a New Vocabulary of the Sacred.
As Director of Corporate Communications of United Illuminating, a Connecticut public utility company, Dr. Melady was responsible for all external and internal communications including advertising and media relations. At Chesebrough-Ponds, she directed a nationwide program in state governmental affairs. She was the first woman promoted to an executive position in public affairs at Stauffer Chemical Company, where she worked in both public relations and governmental affairs.
Dr. Melady produced and moderated her own radio programs at WICC, the largest commercial radio station in Connecticut. While speaking on behalf of her corporate clients, she appeared on many radio and television programs.
Dr. Melady’s volunteer activities have centered in intercultural and political themes. She served as Chair of the Board of Regents and Marymount International School, Rome, Italy. She ran for statewide political office and served on state and national committees.
Dr. Melady was invested in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. She received the Cross of Merit with Star from the Order of Malta and the Robertus Bellarmino Medal from the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2003, both Seton Hall University and John Cabot University awarded her a doctor of humane letters honoris causa.
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