Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: Xavier Graduate May Create New Possibilities for HBCUs

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: Xavier Graduate May Create New Possibilities for HBCUs

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Washington UPDATE: Xavier Graduate May Create New Possibilities for HBCUs.

Alexis M. Herman, nominated by President Clinton to become the first African American woman to head the Department of Labor, will be one of three Black members of Clinton's second-term cabinet.

Herman previously served as director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, which provides links to civil rights and other groups.

Under President Jimmy Carter, Herman was appointed as director of the Women's Bureau at the Labor Department in 1977, where she served until 1981. However, the Alabama native and graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans is much better known for her work as chief of staff to the late Ron Brown when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Herman's appointment followed a heated debate involving organized labor and other groups. Labor unions had favored former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pa.) for the post, while African American groups supported Herman and Hispanics campaigned for Rep. Esteban E. Torres (D-Calif.).

In making the final announcement of the appointments of cabinet nominees on domestic policy issues, Clinton praised Herman, 49, as a "true leader. …

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