The President today announced that he will nominate Joel W. (Jay) Solomon, of Chattanooga, Tenn., to be Administrator of the General Services Administration. Solomon is chairman of the board of Arlen Shopping Center, vice president and a member of the board of Arlen Realty and Development Corp., and vice president and a member of the board of Arlen Realty of North Carolina.
Solomon was born on June 22, 1921, in Chattanooga. He received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1942.
From 1942 to 1971, he was a partner in Independent Enterprises, in Chattanooga, which owned and managed several movie theaters and developed and managed shopping centers. In 1970 the firm merged with Arlen Realty, a large, public owned, listed, diversified real estate company. Solomon became vice president of Arlen Realty in 1971.
Solomon was a member of the board of the Chattanooga Housing Authority and Urban Renewal for 16 years, serving as chairman of the board for part of that period.