JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2001--Rayonier (NYSE:RYN) announced today that Ronald Townsend, a communications consultant from Jacksonville, Florida, has been elected to its Board of Directors. A member of the broadcast industry for more than 35 years, Townsend, 59, retired from the Gannett Company in 1996 after seven years as President of Gannett Television Group, Arlington, Virginia.Prior to that he was President and General Manager of the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate, Channel 9, in Washington, D.C. Before Channel 9, Townsend was Director of Field Services for the Children's Television Workshop in New York and later was involved in the production and distribution of the workshop's "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."He began his career with CBS Television in New York.
was honored in 1987 by the United Negro College Fund
outstanding contributions and commitment to the goals of UNCF
and higher education.In 1993, he
was the recipient of the prestigious National Jewish Humanitarian Award from the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine
.In 1996 Townsend
received the coveted Trumpet Award, which salutes the outstanding achievements of African-American men and women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine, education, literature, politics, sports, business and entertainment. Townsend is a trustee or director of the Freedom Forum Newseum, Inc., National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, University of North Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Port Authority.He is Past Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board and a former trustee of Emerson College in Boston. Townsend also serves on the Boards of Directors of Alltel Corporation, Bank of America Corporation and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.