New York — The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University announced today that Gene F. Jankowski has been elected to its board of directors.
Jankowski is the former President, CBS Broadcasting, Retired. He began his career with the CBS Corporation in 1961 and served as President and Chairman from 1977 to 1989. In the late 1980s Jankowski also held the position of advisor and managing director of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private equity firm that invests buyout and structured capital funds in the media, communications, information, and education industries. He is a co-author of the book, Television, Today and Tomorrow, published by the Oxford University Press in 1995.
"Gene's varied distinguished career, lifelong experience and professional expertise in the media and communications industry make him the ideal person to counsel CASA Columbia and help shape our future," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA Columbia's Chairman and Founder. "He understands and appreciates the role and importance of getting our people to understand the impact of substance abuse and addiction on our society."
"We are honored to have Gene Jankowski join our esteemed board of directors. His vision and expert knowledge about the media and communications industry will keep CASA Columbia on the cutting-edge of the on-going national discussion regarding the many personal and social problems associated with the use of addictive substances and its all too frequent tragic end, the disease of addiction," said William H. Foster, PhD, CASA Columbia's President and CEO.
"In joining CASA Columbia's board I look forward to advising the organization on how to best communicate and translate 20 years worth of research and information and achieve its goal of removing the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction," said Mr. Jankowski. "I know that CASA Columbia places a high priority on communications and the media to help assure that their work reaches the American people. My objective is to help them navigate the ever changing world of communications and construct powerful messaging to ensure a healthy future for all Americans."