The President today announced his intention to nominate Edwin W. Martin, Jr., of McLean, Va., to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, a new position. Martin has been Deputy Commissioner for the Education of the Handicapped at the U.S. Office of Education (USOE) since 1974.
He was born September 3, 1931, in Oceanside, N.Y. He received an A.B. from Muhlenburg College in 1953, an M.A. from the University of Alabama in 1955, and a Ph.D. in speech pathology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961.
From 1955 to 1957, Martin was an instructor in the department of speech at the University of Alabama, and from 1960 to 1966, he was codirector of the speech and hearing clinic there. In 1966 he served as director of the U.S. House of Representatives ad hoc subcommittee on the handicapped.
Martin has been at USOE since 1967. He served as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped from 1967 to 1970 and as Director of that office and Associate Commissioner of Education from 1970 to 1976.