The Albertus Magnus College Sport Management Program students will open their class to the public for a talk by Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, programming & acquisitions, on Thursday, October 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Tagliatela Academic Center on the College's main campus. The class will last approximately an hour and allow time for questions. Williamson will talk about business management focusing on leadership development and the importance of sportsmanship as it relates to the sports industry. He will also share the journey and mentorships that helped mold him personally and pave the way to his own continued professional success.
Williamson's career climbed steadily since beginning at ESPN in 1985 as a production assistant. He took on increasingly challenging roles at ESPN as associate producer (1987-89), highlights supervisor (1989), producer (1990-93), coordinating producer (1993-94), senior coordinating producer for SportsCenter (1998-99), assistant managing editor and news director (1999-2000) and vice president and assistant managing editor (2000-2002), responsible for SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, Baseball Tonight, on-site coverage of golf special events and the network's studio highlights operation.
Williamson stayed focused on select production projects that earned him five awards, including Sports Emmy Awards for SportsCenter (1990) and NFL GameDay (1988), and three CableACE Awards for SportsCenter (1990, '91) and NFL GameDay (1989). Shortly after these accolades, his career catapulted into a series of management roles that led to his appointment in 2007 as executive vice president of production and his most recent leadership position in January 2012 as executive vice president, programming & acquisitions. In this current role, Williamson oversees all rights negotiations and managing relationships with rights holders for all ESPN entities.
A Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition, Albertus was founded in 1925. Today it has nearly 1,700 students enrolled in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults and graduate degree programs, including the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree in the state of Connecticut.