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Otis R. Bowen, a former Republican governor of Indiana who has spent much of his career as a family doctor, has been sworn in as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Bowen, 67, who most recently held the position of Lester D. Bibler professor of family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, replaces Margaret M. Heckler.

Ms. Heckler resigned from the Cabinet in November, reportedly under pressure from the White House, and subseqently accepted the ambassadorship to the Republic of Ireland.

In his new post, Dr. Bowen, who was Indiana's governor from 1973 to 1981, will oversee such programs as Project Head Start, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and Title XX day care.

William E. Gardner, dean of the college of education at the University of Minnesota, has been elected president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

He will serve as president-elect for one year before assuming the presidency in 1987.

David Imig, aacte's executive director, said last week that Mr. Gardner is perceived by the group as a "facilitator and synthesizer, a person who can bring the various parts of the profession together."

A member of the Holmes Group Consortium, a coalition of education deans from leading research institutions that is working to upgrade teacher-training standards, Mr. Gardner defeated Hendrick D. Gideonse, dean of the college of education at the University of Cinncinati, who had criticized the Holmes Group for creating "divisiveness" within the profession.

The organization's membership also elected three new directors to the 19-member aacte board: Mary D. Griffin, dean of the school of education at Boston College; Richard E. Ishler, dean of the college of education at Texas Tech University; and Elaine Witty, dean of the school of education at Norfolk (Va.) State University.

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