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Dr. Ernest Wilson III Elected Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

  • For Immediate Release on September 16, 2009

Washington, DC -- The board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today elected Dr. Ernest Wilson III to serve as its chairman and re-elected Louisiana Public Broadcasting president and CEO Beth Courtney to serve as its vice-chair.

Dr. Wilson holds the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, and serves as dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is also a Professor of Political Science, a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School and an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Dr. Wilson was first appointed to the CPB board by President Bill Clinton and re-appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004. During his tenure on the CPB Board, he has chaired the Digital Media Committee and helped launch and chair the Public Awareness Committee.

Dr. Wilson has extensive experience in communications and communications policy. He has served in senior positions in the White House, the United States Information Agency, and the National Security Council. He has served as a consultant to international agencies such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Dr. Wilson has also been a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and was the director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Wilson is the author of numerous articles and books including Governing Global Electronic Networks and Negotiating the Net: The Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa. He serves as the co-editor of the MIT Press series "The Information Revolution and Global Politics" and was the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Information Technologies and International Development.

Dr. Wilson earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard College.

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