Michela English retired in June 2005 after more than three terms as
a member of Virginia's Sweet Briar College (SBC) Board of Directors.
Under English's leadership, new Master of Arts in Education and Teaching
degrees were instituted, along with the nation's first Engineering
Programs at a women's college. Additionally, an environmental sciences
department was established, as well as, bachelor's degrees in fine arts
and business management. English, a Suffolk native describes her career
path as "episodic" rather than planned, with early stints as a social
worker and federal employee after earning a bachelor's in international
affairs at Sweet Briar. In 1979 she earned a master's from Yale School
of Management. In 1996, Michela English was named president of Discovery
Enterprises Worldwide. She was responsible for directing the company's
existing brand, including extension businesses Discovery Channel Video,
Discovery Channel Multimedia, Discovery Channel Online, Discovery
Channel Publishing and Discovery Channel Education as well as
Discovery's consumer products licensing program.
In June 1997, English
also assumed responsibility for Discovery Channel Retail, including
Discovery Channel Stores and The Nature Company. English has also served
as senior vice president of the National Geographic Society, where she
was responsible for book publishing, Traveler magazine, World magazine
for children, educational media and international publishing. Since
2002, English has served as a Director with Gladstone Management,
financial investment advisors in McLean, Virginia.