May 4, 2010: Chairman and Publisher, Theodore (Ted) Baehr will deliver the address at the May Commencement Exercises for Belhaven University on May 8, 2010. The graduation ceremony will begin at 10:30 am at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.

Ted is the Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission ministry, a division of Good News Communications, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainment according to biblical principles, as well as, the Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE: A Family Guide to Entertainment and writes a syndicated column for 29 publications nationwide. Ted’s MOVIEGUIDE radio and television programs are syndicated nationally and internationally.

Ted is past president of the Episcopal Radio & Television Foundation, which won an Emmy Award for Best Animated Special. That special, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” aired on CBS during his tenure and was watched by more than 37 million viewers. Ted was also nominated for another Emmy Award for the PBS Series “Perspectives: War and Peace,” in which he was the executive producer, creative director and host.

From the detailed information that MOVIEGUIDE is unique in gather, Ted prepares his Report to the Entertainment Industry each year. Information on negative and positive content, biblical or anti-biblical themes, sexual content, violent content, and over twenty other indicators are carefully tabulated and compared with box office receipts over several years. Based on this empirical data, Ted has been able to prove to Hollywood executives that America’s public prefers wholesome, moral movies, and that it would benefit these executives to support the production of more worthwhile movies.

Visit the Jackson Commencement page for additional commencement details.

Belhaven University, formerly Belhaven College, prepares men and women academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas. Founded in 1883, the University now serves over 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, and online.