Maxwell King, Pittsburgh Foundation CEO, to deliver keynote speech at Saint Vincent commencement

May 10, 2018 GMT

Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, will be keynote speaker at Saint Vincent College’s 172nd commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12.

College officials said 324 students will be awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees at the ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Robert Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus near Latrobe.

Saint Vincent College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B said King, who previously served as director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent and has penned a biography of Rogers scheduled for publication later this year, will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony.

King, 74, of Pittsburgh, was editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1990 to 1998. He has been a fixture in Western Pennsylvania philanthropic and nonprofit circles for nearly two decades, serving as president of the Heinz Endowments from 1999 to 2008, leading the Rogers Center from 2008 to 2010 and serving as CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation since 2014.


In addition to his philanthropic work, King has served on the boards of The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Riverlife Task Force, the Mayor’s Commission on Public Education, the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund, the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Board of Fellows and the board of the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

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