The President today announced that he will nominate John A. Calhoun III, of Belmont, Mass., to be Chief of the Children's Bureau at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He would replace Blandina Cardenas Ramirez, who has resigned.
Calhoun is former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, currently serving as an instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Education on a part-time basis.
He was born December 1, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pa. He received an A.B. from Brown University in 1962 and a Masters of Divinity from Episcopal Theological School in 1965.
From 1965 to 1966, Calhoun was an elementary schoolteacher in Philadelphia. From 1966 to 1970, he' was with Action for Boston Community Development, where he served as director of the Job Corps, director of the New Careers program, director of the Summer Work and Cultural Enrichment programs, and director of the Manpower Program Development Department.
From 1970 to 1973, he was vice president of Technical Development Corp., where he worked on program development and administration in the field of corrections and technical assistance to various private and government agencies whose functions related to criminal justice. From 1971 to 1973, he was also director of the Court Resource Project.
From 1973 to 1976, Calhoun was executive director of the Justice Resource Institute, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency which he helped found. He was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services from 1976 to 1979. He has been a part-time instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching a course on "Delinquents, Schools and Families," since last August.
Calhoun has served as a consultant to numerous government and private agencies and is the author of a number of articles.