Apr 15, 2013

Smithfield President and CEO Larry Pope to Speak at 2013 Commencement

(Newport News, Va.) - Christopher Newport University announced today that Larry Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smithfield Foods, will be the keynote speaker at CNU's 87th Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2013. 

Smithfield Foods was founded in 1936 and has grown from a small meat packing company located on the banks of the historic Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia into a $13 billion global food company employing more than 53,000 people worldwide.

Smithfield Foods has been honored for its social responsibility and environmental policies as well as for its generosity in supporting humanitarian purposes. For the 12th consecutive year, Smithfield Foods has been named by Fortune magazine as one of America’s Most Admired Companies.

In addition, Smithfield Foods and the Smithfield Luter Foundation have been strong and generous supporters of CNU for many years. The Smithfield Leadership Scholars Program provides scholarships for hundreds of Christopher Newport students.

Information regarding CNU's 87th Commencement exercises and the complete schedule of events can be found at http://commencement.cnu.edu/

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

Media Contact:
Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations

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