Hall, who serves as a co-host on the TODAY show and anchors NewsNation on MSNBC, graduated from Temple University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. As an active alum, she received Temple’s Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award in 2010 and has been very vocal about how proud she is to have attended the institution.
“I’m the girl who came to Temple never having seen Philadelphia,” the Texas native said in the current issue of Temple Magazine. “This city gave me soul. This university gave me confidence.”
Hall, 45, will be filling Cosby’s seat after the entertainer resigned from his position in December 2014 in the wake of sexual assault accusations. Her appointment will be a move in the right direction as Temple, like many university boards, has been under pressure for its lack of gender diversity. Currently, the school has a 36-member board, with Hall being the fourth female to join.
“We went up [to New York] and had lunch with her. She blew my socks off,” Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor told Philly.com. “She’s a home run for us… She’s an exciting, vibrant, loyal alum. She’ll add a new dimension to our board.”