School of Communication Welcomes Alumni Sam Matheny as Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker by Emily Gerringer

Recipient of CommCrew’s outstanding alum award for 2015, Sam Matheny, our spring commencement speaker, illustrates success in the communication field to all communication graduates.


Matheny holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University, and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters.


With over 20 years of experience in the broadcast and data networking industries, including earning a patent for inventing mobile and interactive DTV technologies, Matheny leads NAB’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and propel broadcast technology into the future. He also aids in leadership for NAB Labs activities, including the TV, Radio, and Digital Technology Committees.


Before joining NAB, Sam held the position of Vice President of Policy and Innovation for Capitol Broadcasting Company, where he focused on strategic media applications, mobile wireless content delivery, smart TV, and helped secure multiple patents for broadcast Internet distribution. He has also taken on management positions with mobile development, satellite, digital television, web development, and interactive video companies.


Matheny is active within his field serving as a member of multiple organizations. He is a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), where he previously served as Chairman of the specialist group on the next generation of digital television. He is also a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and he serves on the advisory board of StepLeader Corporation, a mobile applications and advertising company that he co-founded in 2005. In 2007, he was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.


Away from work, Matheny serves as an advisory board member to NCSU’s Poole College of Management, past chairman of the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Matheny and his wife and two sons family live in Arlington, Virginia.


Join speaker Sam Matheny, and the faculty and staff of the East Carolina University School of Communication on Friday May 8th, 2015 at 5PM in Wright Auditorium. Please call the School of Communication office at 252-328-4227 for information on registering for the ceremony. Tickets for family members and friends are required for this ceremony.