Published on Friday, January 31, 2014
John Walsh, victims’ rights advocate and host of “America’s Most Wanted,” will present York College’s Vizzi Family Lectureship in Professional Excellence at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public free of charge. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; seating is first-come, first-served. Following the lecture, Walsh will be available for a book-signing event. Books will be available for purchase.
After his six-year-old son Adam was abducted and murdered in 1981, Walsh was so distraught that he lost his home and his business. He had been counseled and comforted by family, clergy, and friends, but it wasn’t until he spoke to the county coroner involved in Adam’s case, who was waging his own personal war against injustice, that he found the courage to go on. He discovered his life’s mission when he realized that he could take action to prevent other children from being murdered and other parents from suffering his own fate.
Thus began Walsh’s odyssey as a crime-fighter and legal visionary, roles that he is known the world over for today. Thanks to his efforts, the United States has laws protecting and providing for the search and return of missing children; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children exists; and dozens of criminals have been brought to justice as a result of his television series “America’s Most Wanted.”
Like Walsh, York College and the Center for Professional Excellence are committed to academic excellence and professional preparation. Walsh is living proof that one person can make a difference, and he consistently demonstrates the types of attitudes, behaviors and skills that define one as a professional.