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White House Names Acting NEA Head

November 9, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House has chosen Deputy Labor Secretary Kathryn Higgins to head the National Endowment for the Arts until a permanent successor to actress Jane Alexander is selected.

Higgins will keep her Labor Department position while serving as acting leader of the endowment, White House spokesman Barry Toiv said Sunday.

Toiv said President Clinton is not ready to nominate a permanent replacement for Alexander, who resigned last month after four years as head of the endowment to concentrate on her acting career.

Higgins, a native of South Dakota, has been in her current job since July. She first joined the Labor Department in 1969 as a manpower specialist, but left the agency to work on the legislative staffs of several members of Congress, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

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