Press Release


March 6, 2012

Veteran Media Executive Elected President of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

NEW YORK— Thomas A. Conway, a veteran media and sports management executive with more than 30 years of experience within the broadcast, sports and cable television industries, has been elected President of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). Conway also serves as the Board’s Treasurer and has been a member of the Board for nearly six years.

Conway has served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for WNET, Madison Square Garden Corporation, and ESPN. He was the Chief Financial Officer for two primary PBS stations in New York- WNET and WLIW—where he oversaw the financial management of both stations. He also managed the corporate, foundation and government agency fundraising efforts and led the business development efforts for the combined organization- WNET / Thirteen.

While at WNET, Conway was instrumental in the company’s financial growth and stability. He was responsible for the financial management of the historic merger between WNET and WLIW and the creation of four digital channels. He also oversaw the business affairs and financial management for WNET’s national production center, which provided PBS with nearly one third of its national program schedule. He retired from WNET in March 2009.

In addition to his service to the SWCRF, Conway serves on the board and is Treasurer for The After School All Stars of New York. He holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Fordham College. He is married and the father of four sons.

“I am honored to be elected President of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation,” said Conway. “I look forward to working with Board Members, the Scientific Director and Foundation staff to help expand the reach of the SWCRF and its unique mission in advancing cancer research.”

“Tom is a man of great character who has been a committed and dedicated member of the SWCRF Board,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., the Founder and the Scientific Director. “His wealth of knowledge and experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors are assets to the SWCRF and will help us as we move toward our goal of bringing about a world without cancer.”



About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research, focusing on uncovering the causes of cancer and reprogramming cancer cells.

We dedicate ourselves to delivering tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. Our mission is to eradicate cancer by bridging the gap between lab science and the patient.

Through our collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since our inception in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support the work of nearly 200 researchers across the globe. Visit for more information.