Disney's Kevin Brockman Elected Chairman of GLSEN Board

8:00 AM PST 05/23/2013 by Lesley Goldberg
ABC
Kevin Brockman

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education network has also named seven additional members to its board of directors.

Disney's Kevin Brockman is adding a new role to his oversight.

The executive vp global communications at Disney/ABC Television Group has been elected chairman of the board at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

"Kevin has been a passionate supporter of GLSEN for almost two decades, and an outspoken member of our board for the past six years," GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard said. "His leadership, enthusiasm and drive make him not only perfectly suited for this responsibility, but also the best possible partner as we further the efficacy and reach of our important efforts."

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Since its establishment in 1990, the group seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a diverse community.

"The work GLSEN is doing to ensure that schools across our nation are safe for all children is nothing short of inspiring," Brockman said. "I’ve had the great pleasure to hear directly from many of the incredible students that they’ve helped over the years, and when you are faced with that kind of courage, and that kind of compassion, it’s easy to agree to become a bigger part of the process. I’m looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead with this new responsibility."

Brockman joined Disney in 1997 and has been in his current position since 2008.

Additionally, GLSEN has elected seven new members to its board of directors: Bob Chlebowski(executive vp, Wells Fargo & Co.); Art Coleman (managing partner, Education Counsel); David Dancer (vp, Partnership Marketing at Teleflora); Daniel Duty (vp, Marketing at Target); Michele Meyer-Shipp (chief diversity officer, Prudential); Brett Peterson (director, the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High School); and Loan Tran (student leader).

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