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President of Spelman College To Head Transition-Team Group Studying E.D.

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WASHINGTON--Johnnetta B. Cole, the president of Spelman College in Atlanta, has been named to head a group studying the Education and Labor departments for President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team.

Rep. Thomas J. Downey, D-N.Y., will head the team assigned to look at the Health and Human Services Department, which administers Head Start and certain other children's programs.

Transition leaders announced the heads of 10 such "cluster groups'' on Nov. 26. The teams are charged with studying the structure of their respective agencies, making recommendations on job roles and personnel, and identifying potential trouble spots and other areas that will require immediate attention.

Separate teams, including one on education and job training, are developing policy options. (See Education Week, Nov. 25, 1992.)

Etta Fielek, a spokeswoman for Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, said last week that Education Department officials had not yet been contacted by transition workers.

As the cluster coordinator for education, arts, labor, and humanities, Ms. Cole will also be responsible for reviewing the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ms. Cole, who has been mentioned as a potential Secretary of Education, is the first black woman to lead Spelman, a private, historically black women's college. She was a featured speaker at an October news conference held to announce that more than 230 higher-education leaders had endorsed Mr. Clinton for President.

Ms. Cole told The Atlanta Constitution that she would carry out her transition duties without relinquishing her current position. She was quoted as saying that she would not rule out a position in the new administration.--J.M.

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