THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (New Orleans, Louisiana) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 27, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES FRANK H. CRUZ AND ERNEST J. WILSON III TO
THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING The President today announced his intent to nominate Frank H. Cruz and
Ernest J. Wilson III, to serve as Members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Mr. Frank H. Cruz, of Laguna Niguel, California has been a member of the board since 1994 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. He was first elected to this post in 1997. Mr. Cruz has also served as Chairman of the Board's Audit and Finance Committee since 1996. Mr. Cruz is President of Cruz and Associates, a financial consulting firm which he founded in 1995. Mr. Cruz was the founder and Chairman of Gulf Atlantic Life Insurance Company in California from 1991 to 1995. A veteran businessman and broadcaster, Mr. Cruz was a founder of Telemundo, the Nation's second Spanish-language television network, and KVEA-TV in Los Angeles, where he served as Vice President and later General Manager from 1985 to 1989. From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Cruz was a news reporter and anchor for KABC-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. His awards include the Emmy and the Golden Mike. Previously, Mr. Cruz was an Associate Professor of History at California State University-Long Beach and Sonoma State University. In 1997 and 1998, Mr. Cruz served on the 21-member Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Mr. Cruz is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Net and has held leadership positions on the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Rebuild Los Angeles, Partnership 2000, The Latino Museum, and the University of Southern California School of Public Administration. In addition, Mr. Cruz is Chairman Emeritus of the California Institute for Federal Policy Research. A frequent lecturer and public speaker, Mr. Cruz has written several books on U.S. and Latin American history.
Mr. Cruz received a Bachelors of Arts degree and a Masters from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Ernest J. Wilson, III, of Silver Spring, Maryland is currently Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Government and Politics, and of Afro-American Studies. Dr. Wilson is an authority on international communications and information policy, having served in 1994 and 1995 as Deputy Director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission. From 1993 to 1994, Dr. Wilson served as the Director of International Programs and Resources at the National Security Council at the White House. He oversaw the reforms of the U.S. international broadcasting, including Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Voice of America. In 1994, Dr. Wilson served as first Director of the Policy and Planning unit at the United States Information Agency. From 1980 to 1992, Dr. Wilson taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also directed the Center for Research on Economic Development. Dr. Wilson also taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Wilson received a B.A. degree from Harvard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, non-profit entity authorized by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 to provide high-quality, educational, informational, and cultural programming for all Americans. The Board of Directors of the CPB sets policies and establishes programming priorities for the Corporation. To fulfill this mission, the CPB distributes direct grants for operations and programming to more than one thousand public radio and television stations nationwide.