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JORDAN TAKES OFFICE; NAMES DEPUTIES, COUNSEL

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. who assumed the post of Executive Director of the National Urban League on January 1, announced at a December 20th meeting of the NUL New York-based staff, the appointment of two Deputy Directors of the League and a General Counsel, effective January 15.

Alexander J. Allen, Director of the National Urban League's Eastern Regional Office, was named Deputy Executive Director - Administrative and Public Affairs, with responsibility for five headquarters departments - Fund, Communications, Government Affairs, Administration and Personnel.

Named to the other post as Deputy Executive Director - Programs and Field Operations, was Adolph Holmes, Director of the League's Program Operations Department. Mr. Holmes is assigned responsibility for Economic Development Programs, Community Development Programs, Citizenship Education Programs, Research and the five regional offices of the League.

Mr. Jordan named Charles E. Eason, Deputy Director of the Eastern Regional Office, to serve as Acting Director of that office. Thomas Brady, Deputy Director of the Program Operations Department, was named Acting Director of that department, which will be retitled Economic Development Dept. Also to be retitled are the Program Development Department to Community Development Department, and the Washington Bureau to the Government Affairs.

The new positions were created under a reorganization plan that also establishes the positions of General Counsel, filled by Ronald H. Brown, the League's Associate Director, Law and Consumer Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Executive Director, to be filled by Daniel S. Davis.

Mr. Jordan also announced that Harold R. Sims, who has been serving as Acting Executive Director of the League since the death of Whitney M. Young, Jr. last March, has agreed to remain with the League as a consultant to the Executive Director during the transition period.

"We regret Mr. Sims' proposed departure from the League, but at the same time we are not so selfish as to fail to recognize the opportunities that are available to him and the challenges they offer to a man of his proven ability. He has performed a remarkably effective job for the League, and I am delighted that he has graciously consented to postpone his own personal plans for a period of time," Mr. Jordan said.

"I have given serious thought to remaining with the League but with this great organization in such excellent hands I feel I have discharged my responsibilities and there are other roles for me to fill outside the League, that will assist in moving this nation toward the complete equality of all people," Mr. Sims said.

Mr. Jordan also announced that Mrs. Enid Baird will remain in her position as executive assistant to the Executive Director, as will Mrs. Marion Brown, administrative assistant.

Miss Ann Tanneyhill will continue as a consultant to the Executive Office and M. Leo Bohanon has agreed to remain as a consultant through January.

The renamed Government Affairs Department will be assigned responsibility for informing the Federal government of League activities; monitoring progress on all federal legislation, administrative guidelines and appropriations of concern to the League and advising all UL components of the potential impact of such Federal actions; assisting NUL program departments in the development and presentation of testimony; coordinating coalitions with other Washington-based organizations, developing opportunities for NUL executives and specialists to advocate League interests; liaison with the Federal government on all matters other than program funding and management.

The General Counsel will serve as primary advisor and staff assistant to the Executive Director, provide in-house legal counsel to all NUL-units and assist them in analyzing the legal implications of any programs or activities, and serve as the principal coordinator of efforts of outside counsel.

The Special Assistant to the Executive Director will provide assistance in research, speech writing and related matters. As the organization develops, other assistants could be added if needed.
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