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Nomination of Chester Evans Finn, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education

May 31, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Chester Evans Finn, Jr., to be Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement, Department of Education. He would succeed Donald J. Senese.

Since 1981 he has been a professor of education and public policy, lecturer in political science, and codirector of the Center for Education Policy at Vanderbilt University. He was legislative director in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1977-1981; research associate in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution in 1974-1977; Counsel to the American Ambassador to India in 1973-1974; special assistant to the Governor for education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1972-1973.

He was director of policy analysis at the University of Massachusetts in 1971-1972 and Staff Assistant to the President at the White House in 1969-1971.

He graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1965; M.A., 1967; Ph.D., 1970). He is married, has two children, and resides in Nashville, TN. He was born August 3, 1944, in Columbus, OH.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Chester Evans Finn, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/260057