SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

July 18, 2007 16:47 ET

Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Elected to CASA* Board

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University announced today that Doug Morris has been elected to its board of directors.

Mr. Morris currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Music Group. He has held this position since November 1995. In this position, he is responsible for guiding the overall global activities of the world's largest music company.

"The addition of Doug Morris to the CASA Board of Directors continues our effort to assemble the best and the brightest individuals in our country to lead and counsel CASA," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA's chairman and president and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. "We are honored that Doug Morris, the nation's top music industry leader, is joining the board. His support will strengthen CASA immeasurably."

"I am delighted to join the distinguished group of individuals on the CASA board and to work with them to combat substance abuse," said Mr. Morris. "Through their many programs and initiatives, CASA is leading the effort to help people live their lives free from dependency."

Mr. Morris began his association with the Universal Music Group in July 1995 by forming a joint venture New York City-based full service record label. Universal Records, under the direction of Mr. Morris, has become one of the industry's most successful start-up record labels. Prior to that, Mr. Morris served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Music U.S. commencing in 1994 and was soon after appointed Chairman. He served as President of Atlantic Records and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Recording Group from 1980 to 1994.

A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Morris began his career as a songwriter, producer, and the founder of his own record label, which was acquired by Atlantic Records in 1978.

Mr. Morris serves on the Board of Directors of The Robin Hood Foundation and The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as well as a Director of The Rock Roll Hall of Fame.

CASA is the only national organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat all types of substance abuse as they affect all aspects of society. CASA has issued 64 reports and white papers, published one book, conducted demonstration projects focused on children, families and schools at 190 sites in 72 cities and counties in 29 states plus Washington, DC and a Native American tribal reservation, and has been evaluating the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment, in a variety of programs and drug courts. CASA is the creator of the nationwide initiative Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ -- the fourth Monday in September - the 24th in 2007 -- that promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce children's risk of smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs. For more information visit

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as "CASA") or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of "CASA."

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