CHARLESTON, W.Va. - James C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, will deliver the keynote address at Marshall University's 176th commencement Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.
Earlier in his career, Smith spent 10 years on the news staff of the Charleston Daily Mail. He had risen to the position of managing editor when he left in 1992.
A native of Carlisle, Ky., he is a 1981 graduate of Marshall, which he attended on a football scholarship. He will speak at the 9 a.m. commencement for undergraduates.
"It's humbling, absolutely humbling, and gratifying at the same time," Smith said of being selected to not only speak at commencement, but to receive an honorary doctoral degree of humane letters.
Smith leads a company of 60,000 people in 140 countries who provide critical news, information and technology to leading decision makers around the world. The company's products primarily serve professionals in the legal, regulatory and financial markets and reported revenues of $12.8 billion in 2012.
Smith is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the board of directors of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the international advisory boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.
Smith's football career at Marshall was cut short by knee injuries in each of his first two years, but he stayed involved with the football program, serving as a student assistant on Coach Sonny Randle's staff.