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CSUN to Bestow Honorary Degree on Business Leader, Alumnus Charles Noski

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., May 1, 2007) — Retired AT&T Vice Chairman Charles H. Noski, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State Northridge, will receive an honorary degree from the university during its commencement ceremonies that begin later this month.

Noski, who sits on the executive committee of the university’s Imagine the Arts campaign, is a member of the Cal State Northridge Foundation board and is a longtime supporter of the institution, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the commencement ceremony for the College of Business and Economics the morning of Friday, June 1.

Northridge President Jolene Koester said she was pleased that Noski was receiving such a distinction from Northridge as well as the California State University system.

"With this honor, the university recognizes Chuck’s noteworthy achievements as a business leader, a respected expert in his field and of course, his longstanding role as a good friend and supporter of Cal State Northridge," Koester said.

Charles H. Noski graduated from CSUN in 1973 with a bachelorís degree in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from the university in 1995.

In 1973, Noski joined the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, where he became a partner in 1983. Later, he became the firm’s national industry director for services to the aerospace and defense industry. He joined Hughes Electronics Corporation in 1990 as corporate vice president and controller, serving as the company’s chief accounting officer. During this time, he returned to CSUN to receive his master’s degree.

In 1992, Hughes named Noski corporate senior vice president and chief financial officer. In 1996, he was elected vice chairman, and later became the company’s president and chief operating officer.

In 1999, Noski joined the AT&T Corporation as its senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. In early 2002, he was named vice chairman of the board. He retired from AT&T later that year. In 2006, Noski was inducted as an inaugural member of the Financial Executives International Hall of Fame.

He currently serves on the boards of directors of Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Noski was given the university’s highest alumni honor in 2002 when he received its Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, thus bringing distinction to themselves and their alma mater.

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