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May 6, 2011
CONTACT:  Kate Burch
(405) 325-2463 

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA - AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson will give the alumni address at the Price College of Business Spring Convocation, Saturday, May 14, at the University of Oklahoma. The convocation begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Ave.


Stephenson, a distinguished alumnus of the Price College of Business, holds a master of accountancy from the University of Oklahoma. Following graduation in 1982, he immediately accepted a position with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Oklahoma, which today is part of AT&T. He has held variety of leadership positions at AT&T and its predecessors including chief financial officer, from 2001 to 2004, and chief operating officer, from 2004 to 2007.


Since being named chairman and CEO in 2007, Stephenson has strengthened AT&T’s position as the leader in mobile broadband and is focused on the development of innovative IP-based solutions for small, medium, and enterprise businesses. AT&T is at the industry forefront in wireless, global business services, broadband, voice and data services, and has the fastest-growing TV service in the country with AT&T U-verse®. AT&T’s recently announced agreement to acquire T-mobile USA will enable it to deploy the next-generation of mobile broadband technology – 4G LTE – to more than 97 percent of the U.S. population.


Under Stephenson’s leadership, AT&T also announced the largest education initiative in company history — AT&T Aspire — a $100 million philanthropic program to help strengthen student success and workforce readiness. As part of Aspire, AT&T is committed to providing job shadowing opportunities for 100,000 students by the summer of 2013. AT&T has also hosted dropout prevention summits in more than 100 communities across the country to build community support for students at risk.


Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. undergraduate business schools based on recent ranking data, the Price College of Business is one of the nation’s premier business colleges. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the college’s undergraduate program 42nd in the nation, International Business program 17th in the nation and the Entrepreneurship program 17th in the nation. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship program was ranked 15th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.