The Widener University School of Business Administration announced today it will give its 2017 Distinguished Performance in Management Award to David Cohen of Comcast.

The award is given by the school’s Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society to a business person who has shown exemplary leadership and business success. It is the highest honor the School of Business Administration bestows.

Cohen is senior executive vice president of the global media and technology company, headquartered in Philadelphia. He also serves as Comcast’s chief diversity officer. He oversees corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment. He is senior counselor to Comcast’s Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts. He formerly served as chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country, and was chief of staff to former Gov. Edward G. Rendell, when Rendell was mayor of Philadelphia.

Cohen is chairman of the trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its executive committee. He is a member of the Penn Medicine trustee board, as well as the board of directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He is on the national board of the National Urban League and chairs its audit committee, and he chairs the corporate advisory board of the National Council of La Raza. He holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

“David Cohen is an outstanding example of a professional who has tremendous influence in global business, and who makes time for service contributions that include giving back to organizations of importance to him at home. He is a role model for our students on how to successfully make your mark on the business world,” said Dean Jayati Ghosh of the School of Business Administration. “It is a pleasure to recognize him with this award.”

“It is an honor to receive this award from the next generation of leaders from Widener University,” said Cohen. “I believe that in order to achieve business success, you also have to focus on the community and being a good corporate citizen. I am extremely appreciative of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society’s recognition of this commitment.”