National Geographic Society president featured at Grosvenor Lecture

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
March 29, 2007

John M. Fahey, Jr., president and CEO of the National Geographic Society (NGS), will deliver the 9th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University-San Marcos at 7:30 p.m. April 4.

The lecture will take place in the 4th floor teaching theater of the LBJ Student Center on campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, the Department of Geography and the College of Liberal Arts

During the course of his tenure at NGS, Fahey has led an evolution of the organization, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channel, which airs in 27 languages and reaches over 230 million homes in 151 countries; the international expansion of the National Geographic magazine, now published in 24 languages; the launch of National Geographic Adventure magazine and the National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine; and the re-launch of National Geographic Expeditions travel program.

From 1989 until joining National Geographic, Fahey was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Life Books for three years.

Born in New York City, Fahey received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Manhattan College and his master's in business administration from the University of Michigan.

The Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the general public.  To ensure adequate seating, lecture tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting Judy Behrens in the Grosvenor Center at (512) 245-1823 or via e-mail at  For additional information, call (512) 245-1823.