Lowell C McAdam '76, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, spoke as the university's 32nd Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education, September 19, 2013 during Homecoming Weekend festivities.

The times they are a-changing, and communications technology is driving a lot of the change - but we have to work to keep up. "For all the progress we've made, we still have a long way to go," McAdam told a full house in Statler Auditorium.

McAdam became CEO of Verizon Communications in 2011 and chairman in 2012. He is also chairman of the Verizon Wireless Board of Representatives.

A member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council in the College of Engineering, McAdam spent six years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and became a licensed professional engineer in 1979.