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Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel Fund Theater at Emerson College
Emerson College Press Release · Fall 2003
The 210-seat Theater 1 and its adjoining lobby in the new Tufte Performance and Production Center at Emerson College has been named the Semel Theater in recognition of a major gift from Terry Semel, chairman and chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., and Jane Semel.
The gift and naming was announced October 31st by Emerson President Jacqueline Liebergott at dedication ceremonies for the Tufte Center.
“Terry Semel is a giant in both the communication and entertainment industries, and we are delighted that he has chosen to support Emerson College,” Liebergott said. “We look forward to working with him as we explore new and innovative ways to enhance our programs in these fields.”
Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2001, Semel spent 24 years at Warner Bros., where he was most noted for his role as chairman and co-chief executive officer. He and his business partner, Robert Daly, helped build Warner Bros. into one of the world’s largest and most creative media and entertainment enterprises. Prior to Warner Bros., Semel was president of Walt Disney’s Theatrical Distribution division and previously was president of CBS’s Theatrical Distribution division.
The 11-story Norman I. and Mary E. Tufte Center at 10 Boylston Place is the first entirely new campus overlooking Boston Common. It houses two television studios, two theaters, dressing rooms, labs, workshops, classrooms and faculty offices. It is named in memory of the parents of Emerson Trustee Marillyn Zacharis in recognition of a lead gift toward the project.
Participants in Tufte ribbon cutting ceremony included U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Congressman Michael E. Capuano (D-Boston) and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Founded in 1880, Emerson College is the only comprehensive college or university in the country dedicated exclusively to providing programs in communication and the arts in a broad liberal arts context. It enrolls some 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students.