2015 John Carroll Award Biographies

The John Carroll Award is named for Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in North America and founder of Georgetown University. Established in 1951, this award is conferred upon alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. Eligible candidates for the John Carroll Award exclude those solely with an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University. A maximum of six awards may be bestowed annually.

Richard L. Battista (B'86), Los Angeles, California

With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment and media industry, Richard L. Battista has been a driving force in some of today's top businesses, yet he always finds ways to bring his expertise and care back home to Georgetown.

After graduating cum laude from Georgetown in 1986, Mr. Battista began his career as a financial analyst at the investment banking firm Morgan Stanley. Upon completion of his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990, he joined Fox Television, where he would spend nearly 20 years holding numerous senior management positions across the company's rapidly evolving, multibillion-dollar portfolio of businesses, including president of Fox National Cable Networks and CEO of the publicly-traded company, Gemstar-TV Guide International. Read more...

Since then, Mr. Battista has held additional leadership positions, including CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, CEO of LodgeNet Interactive and founder of Pontiac Digital Media.

Most recently, Mr. Battista was named executive vice president of Time, Inc. and president of People and Entertainment Weekly in March 2015. Mr. Battista's zeal for business success has been closely matched by his dedication to Georgetown. In 2002, he founded the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA), an alumni network of more than 4,500 entertainment and media professionals with the goal to bring together Georgetown alumni, students, parents and friends who share a passion for the media and entertainment industry. He is also chairman, helping GEMA produce its many signature events and programs.

He currently serves on Georgetown University's Board of Regents and served two terms on the Board of Governors. He has been honored with multiple Georgetown University Alumni Association Service Recognition Awards, including the William Gaston Award in 2009 and the Reed Alumni Award in 2011. For the past 16 years, he has been an interviewer with the Alumni Admissions Program. Mr. Battista co-chaired his 20th and 25th reunions, served as a member of the Planning Committee for John Carroll Weekend 2011 and served as co-chair of the Planning Committee for this year's John Carroll Weekend festivities.

In addition to his many professional and alumni activities, he serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit organization City Year Los Angeles. Mr. Battista and his wife Brenda have twin sons, Giovanni and Dante.

Carmen A. Policy (L'66), Yountville, California

A successful attorney and accomplished sports business executive, Carmen A. Policy's devotion to Jesuit principles keeps him committed to promoting the interests of the Georgetown Law community.

Before he was a sophomore in high school, he knew that he wanted to become an attorney. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Youngstown University, he headed to Georgetown to study law. Read more...

After completing his J.D. in 1966, Mr. Policy went on to practice trial and commercial law in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. He was listed among the Best Lawyers in America each year, from its first issue in 1983 until he left the practice of law.

In 1977, one of his clients, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., informed him that he had just bought the San Francisco 49ers NFL team. Soon thereafter, Mr. Policy joined the 49ers as vice president and general counsel. He continued to rise within the organization, becoming president and CEO in 1991.

Mr. Policy played an integral part in the team's Super Bowl victories in 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994, and was named the NFL Executive of the Year in 1994 by The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly. The Sporting News and GQ also named him one of the "Most Influential People in Professional Sports."

In 1998, he moved to the Cleveland Browns, serving as president, CEO and part owner. He was also a member of the NFL Business Ventures Committee, the Super Bowl Advisory Committee and the NFL Finance Committee, before retiring in May of 2004.

Mr. Policy now owns and manages Casa Piena winery with his wife, Gail, in Yountville, California.

Since his retirement, Mr. Policy has lent his expertise to the Georgetown Law Center's Board of Visitors, advising on ways to strengthen its academic goals and improve its visibility. In accordance with that mission, Mr. Policy and his wife, Gail, designed and endowed the Carmen and Gail Policy Clinical Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center, which promotes civil rights advocacy through experiential learning.

An active participant in the admissions process for Georgetown Law Center, he enjoys serving as an alumni interviewer for applicants.

Mr. Policy has three sons, Edward, Daniel and James, and two daughters, Kerry and Kathy. He and Gail also thoroughly enjoy the company of eight grandchildren.

Mary Machado Schammel (C'80, MBA'15, Parent'17), Pasadena, California

With more than 25 years of experience in international investment banking, Mary Machado Schammel has provided guidance to some of the world's largest institutional firms. However, she has always made time to extend her leadership skills to Georgetown.

Her multicultural hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, provided inspiration for her to pursue a career in international business relations. In high school, when she decided to tag along with childhood friend Judy Adams House on a visit to Georgetown, she knew right away it was where she wanted to be. "I walked onto campus and it felt like home," she said. Read more...

While at Georgetown, Mrs. Schammel served as a congressional intern for Congressman Cecil Heftel from 1978-80, acquainting herself with international economic issues and bills.

After graduation, she launched her career in international banking at Lloyds Bank as an international banking officer, later moving on to become the head of West Coast Standard Chartered Bank. There, she helped to establish relationships with Fortune 100 companies in developing markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. For the past few years, Mrs. Schammel has served as an executive consultant for the Southern California region with Greenwich Associates, a leading global provider of market intelligence and advisory services to the financial services industry.

At Georgetown, Mrs. Schammel has lent her leadership expertise in many areas. After serving as president of the Georgetown Club of Southern California Los Angeles from 1982-86, she became a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors in 1986 and continues to serve to this day. She also served as co-president of the Georgetown Club of Los Angeles from 2006-2012. In 2013, Mrs. Schammel helped launch the west coast chapter of Georgetown's Wall Street Alliance, an expansion about which she was passionate, considering California's large alumni population.

She is also a dedicated member of the Parents Advisory Committee, as she and her husband, Richard, have a daughter, Ashley (B'17) who is a current student. Her father, Donald C. Machado Sr. (L'53, Parent'80, '86), and brother, Donald C. Machado Jr. (L'86), are also alumni.

Her continued commitment to growth and learning is further evidenced in her current pursuit of an MBA from the McDonough School of Business.

Paul J. Tagliabue (C'62), Washington, D.C.

A celebrated leader in sports, business and education, Paul Tagliabue is also equally devoted to academic excellence and cura personalis for all members of the Georgetown community.

Mr. Tagliabue grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Jersey City, N.J., and as a skilled forward and center at St. Michael's High School, he quickly became a college basketball recruit with national interest. Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit values, coupled with its location in the nation's capital and reputation for having a strong basketball team, made Mr. Tagliabue look to the Hilltop. Read more...

He went on to become a student on the dean's list and three-year starter for the Hoyas in the early 1960's.  He was elected president of his senior class in 1962, and was team captain of the men's basketball team.

After graduating, he attended New York University Law School on a scholarship--the beginning of a career path that would lead him to eventually become an attorney with Covington & Burling LLP, which represents the National Football League. When former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle retired in 1989, the League's owners selected Mr. Tagliabue to be Mr. Rozelle's successor.

Serving as NFL Commissioner from 1989 to 2006, Mr. Tagliabue's tenure was marked with an extended period of labor management peace, league expansion and record growth of fan interest and revenue.  He has received many honors for his leadership, and is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Now retired from the NFL, Mr. Tagliabue is senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in D.C. A trusted university advisor, he has been a member of Georgetown University's Board of Directors since 2006 and has served as board chair since July 2009. 

In 2011, Mr. Tagliabue and his wife, Chandler, helped kick off For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown with a $5 million gift to be equally distributed among five areas: need-based undergraduate scholarships, scholarships for student-athletes in both men's and women's sports programs, programmatic support for the campus LGBTQ Resource Center and funding for strategic initiatives. The gift was a reflection of their dedication to having a broad impact across many areas of the university, instead of just one.

Paul and Chandler Tagliabue have a son, Drew, recently married to Mark Jones, and a daughter, Emily, married to John Rockefeller V, as well as three grandchildren, Laura, Sophia and John.

David J. Walsh (C'58), New York, New York

A shining example of the fellowship and harmony of his beloved Georgetown Chimes brotherhood, David J. Walsh's dedication to the Georgetown community, especially in support of the university's library services, is unmatched.

Originally from Metuchen, New Jersey, Mr. Walsh came to Georgetown in 1954. As he was moving in, his dorm prefect saw that he had a record player and asked if he could play an album. It turned out to be the 1953 album of the Georgetown Chimes, Georgetown University's oldest, all-male a cappella singing group. Soon thereafter, he auditioned and became Chime #33, forging a lifelong brotherhood. Read more...

After receiving his bachelor's degree in economics in 1958, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant after three years of service and went on to earn his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.

Now a retired publishing executive, Mr. Walsh's career in the publishing industry spanned more than four decades. His work began in 1963 for Time Inc., and continued at Time-Life Books from 1973 to 1983.

Later that year, he moved to Scholastic Inc., where he became senior vice president, International, a position he held for 20 years before going on to serve as a consultant for the company until his retirement in 2006.

In 1990, he and his fellow Georgetown Chimes established the Chimes Endowment Fund in Lauinger Library. The intent of the fund was to grow the library's resources as the university advanced its agenda to become a global research institution; and to encourage other alumni to give to Georgetown. The Chimes Endowment Fund now exceeds $3 million and is the library's single largest endowment.

Mr. Walsh believes that "supporting the library, the intellectual heart of Georgetown, is synonymous with supporting all the undergraduate and graduate programs of the university," as he stated in a 1999 issue of the Georgetown University Library Associates Newsletter.

Currently, he is a member of the 1789 Society, and serves on the executive committee of the Georgetown University Library Board, where his support of the university's library services is unwavering.