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Former MTV Producer Helps BSU Telecommunications Students Launch their Careers

Brent ThornBall State University alum Brent Thorn (BS '94) knows firsthand what a great immersive learning experience can do to jumpstart one's career, and he wants future students to have the same exciting opportunities.  

Thorn earned a degree in Telecommunications from Ball State and went on to receive his master's in speech communications. During college, he studied abroad in London, England and was recruited by MTV Networks. He returned to the United States in 1997 to continue his career with MTV Networks in New York as manager of VH1 On-Air Promotion in addition to working on such shows as "Where Are They Now", "Before They Were Rockstars" and "Behind the Music."

Thorn grew up in Cannelton, Indiana, where he graduated with a class of 23 students. Studying abroad taught him life lessons that he wants to share with future students through the Brent Thorn Enhanced Study Travel Award Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to provide support for fellow Telecommunications undergraduate and graduate students to travel to conferences where they can enhance their educational experience, make meaningful connections, and possibly launch their careers.

"They just need to be passionate and willing to take the chance," said Thorn.

He credits the Telecommunications department for giving him the opportunities that helped him succeed. "I was not the top student, but professors never made me feel this way," said Thorn. "This self-confidence led me to succeed in life and in my career."

He currently is the vice president of marketing & business development for MSW*ARS Research, a brand strategy consultant firm based in Lake Success, NY. He resides with his children in southern Indiana.

Throughout his career Thorn has always surrounded himself with the most imaginative and resourceful people in the business. His overall enthusiasm for what he does not only highlights his experience and Ball State education, but it also supports those on his team to ensure they strive to be the best they can be so they, too, can someday reach their goals. 

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