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 William T. Kennedy, BA

Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient kennedy Bill Kennedy, 55, is president and publisher of the Standard-Times, the daily newspaper serving New Bedford and SouthCoast Massachusetts. He is a graduate of St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, and Harvard College.

Since his appointment in 1993, the Standard-Times has converted from evening to morning distribution, has moved into new headquarters within New Bedford’s National Historical Park District and has deepened its coverage of the towns along Buzzard’s Bay as well as the city of Fall River. While it didn’t coin the term, the newspaper was instrumental in establishing the name SouthCoast as an effort to promote regional cooperation between Greater New Bedford and Greater Fall River. In 1997, the company acquired four weekly newspapers, also in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Standard-Times is owned by Dow Jones & Company.

Mr. Kennedy is a founder of the SouthCoast Development Partnership, a private-public collaboration formed to promote regional economic development; of the SouthCoast Education Compact, a partnership of business leaders and school superintendents intent on improving public education in the region, and of the Regional Community Congress, a community renewal effort designed to bring multiple viewpoints together to form a common vision for the region’s future. In 1998, he co-chaired a capital campaign for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, helping to raise $12.1 million after an original goal of $6 million. He is a former chair of the New Bedford CEO Council.

He is currently co-chair of the SouthCoast Development Partnership, general chair of the annual Greater New Bedford Summerfest, a governor and chair of the design committee of the New Bedford Oceanarium, a trustee of the Crapo Foundation, a director of the Boston Lyric Opera and first vice president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Prior to coming to New Bedford, Mr. Kennedy was editor and later general manager of the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York; managing editor of the Boston Herald American and state editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.