The Trinity-Pawling community was pleased to welcome former Secretary Joseph Califano to campus on April 10, 2015. Mr. Califano served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Carter from 1977-1979. As Secretary of the HEW he implemented Title IX, reformed Medicare and Medicaid and provided equal opportunities for the handicapped. He also launched the national anti-smoking campaign.
Mr. Califano was appointed Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. In this capacity he oversaw civil rights legislation, assisted the President with domestic programs and was present in the White House during the darkest hours of the Vietnam War. Mr. Califano was hired to represent the Democratic Party in litigation against President Nixon in the civil suit surrounding the Watergate break-in.
Mr. Califano is currently a professor at Columbia University and has authored twelve books. He is the founder and former chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. His book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid was distributed to our parents during Parents’ Weekend 2014.
Mr. Califano addressed the community about addiction in an all-school assembly. Following the presentation, Trinity-Pawling history students were invited to lunch in the small dining room to ask questions about his views on Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement, Title IX, and the controversy over the portrayal of President Johnson in the Oscar nominated picture Selma.