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Stephen Pasierb '84, M'86

Stephen Pasierb ’84, M’86

President and chief executive officer of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America since 2001, Stephen Pasierb has an integral role in strategizing, decision making, and establishing initiatives that have brought worldwide recognition to the organization. Recognized with numerous awards, the Partnership was honored for its extraordinary contributions to world health, for which it received the prestigious Discovery Health Medical Honors Award in 2003.

Under Pasierb’s leadership, the organization has maintained its unparalleled record of effectiveness through strategic planning and goal implementation while establishing its financial health and executing programs that work. The Partnership has realized five consecutive years of double-digit growth in contributions; the organization leverages every donated dollar into thirty-eight dollars of program services. Its educational programs, research, and projects have a combined annual national impact of $400 million. Over the past six years, teen drug abuse in America has been in a steady decline, including a 25 percent reduction in teen marijuana use.

Pasierb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from IUP in 1984 and a Master of Education in Communications Media in 1986. He was a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, the National Broadcasting Honorary Society. He served as a graduate teaching assistant and received the Merle G. Klingensmith Award of Excellence. While pursuing his studies at IUP, he also supervised personnel and managed the WIUP-FM radio station from 1983 to 1986.  

In Pittsburgh, he served as an advertising account executive at WLTJ-FM and as director of Media Services for GNVC Visual Communications. Moving to Baltimore, he became client services manager and business development director of Freed and Associates, an advertising and public relations firm. In 1991, he was named manager of marketing and media communication for the Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission in the State of Maryland Executive Department. 

He joined the Partnership in 1993 and built and directed the Partnership’s Alliance Program, establishing addiction prevention social marketing programs in fifty-six states and major cities. He served as deputy director of communications until 1995, when he was appointed senior vice president. Before his current position, he was named executive vice president and director of field operations and strategic alliances in 1998.

Elected to the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2003, Pasierb is a member of the Advertising Educational Foundation and of the organizing committee of Advertising Week in New York City. He has also served on the board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and is a current member of the National Advisory Committee of Darkness to Light. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for a Drug-Free Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania Treatment Research Institute.

A native of Stillwater, N.J., he resides with his wife, Wendy, in Norwalk, Conn.

Pasierb is a 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

Profile published on 6/30/08

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