Gustave M. Hauser
- Gustave Hauser, LLB ’53, a pioneer of the cable television communications industry, was, from 1973 to 1983, the founding Chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications.
- He then established and became Chairman and CEO of Hauser Communications, Inc., a private company engaged in building and operating major cable television systems, international communications satellites and other electronic communications.
- Hauser has been responsible for developing many cable TV programming innovations such as Nickelodeon (the children’s channel), MTV Music Television, The Movie Channel, pay-per-view, and various interactive services. His sale of major cable television systems to Southwestern Bell Corporation (now AT&T) marked the entry of telephone companies into the cable television industry.
Among his public service activities, Hauser was twice appointed by the President of the United States to serve, from 1970 through 1977, as Director-at-Large of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, of which he was a founder.
Hauser and his wife Rita operate The Hauser Foundation, Inc. and, among their many major philanthropic projects, they have funded Hauser Hall at Harvard Law School, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (which became The Hauser Institute for Civil Society in 2013), and in 2012 they established the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) project. Hauser and his wife Rita (’58) serve as Honorary Chairs of the current (2013) Harvard University Campaign.
Hauser holds law degrees from Harvard, New York University, and the University of Paris, France.