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Robert A. Finnell has been named president of the New York-based National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc.

Mr. Finnell, who replaced Lloyd M. Cooke this month, was executive director of Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a California program designed to help prepare college-bound minority high-school students.

As president of nacme, Mr. Finnell will head a national coalition of corporate leaders, university administrators, and local program directors, committed to increasing the number of minorites in the engineering fields.


The National Business Consortium for the Gifted and Talented announced recently that it has established two of seven planned regional offices and recruited 24 business executives in as many states to coordinate efforts on behalf of gifted and talented students.

Last month, the organization unveiled its plan to establish commit-tees of business leaders during the next two years in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Each committee will have representatives from all of the state's school districts. (See Education Week, May 11, 1983.)

The following is a list of business executives who will lead state efforts on behalf of gifted and talented students:


David Eaton of Fairfield Eaton Inc., Ariz.; Ted Williams of Winrock International, Ark.; John Creen, Fleetwood Enterprises, Calif.; Dwight L. Johnson, Kerr Management Co., Colo.; William Dwyer, Pratt Whitney, Fla.; Victor A. Gregory, Trust Company Bank, Ga.; Lewiston Morning Tribune, Idaho; Gerald Gidwitz, Continental Materials, Ill.; Charles Carney, Iowa Public Service Co., Iowa; Edward Miller, Relco Inc., La.; Mark Ewing, Baltimore Life Insurance Co., Md.; Tom Chaplow, B.A. Chaplow Lumber Co., Mich.; Gregory T. Murray, G.T. Murray & Co., Mont.; Harry Seward, Banker's Life Nebraska and Jerry Hargitt, Northwest Bell, Neb.; Mark Fine, The American Nevada Corp., Nev.; Howard Keegan, Amoskeag National Bank & Trust, N.H.; John T. Duff, Touche Ross & Co., N.M.; Bland Worley, Barclay's American Corp., N.C.; John Gray, Omark Industries, Ore.; Arthur Bjontegard, South Carolina National Bank, S.C.; Jerry Simmons, Jerry Simmons & Associates, S.D.; James A. Haslam 2nd, Pilot Oil Corp., Tenn.; Emanuel A. Floor, Development Corporation Triad, Utah; Robert S. Hammar, Hammar's Stores Limited, Wash.; Dean Borthwick, Borthwick & McCall, Wyo.;

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