THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES WILLIAM J. WILSON AS A MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON WHITE HOUSE FELLOWSHIPS
The President today announced his intention to appoint William J. Wilson as a Member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.
William J. Wilson, of Illinois, is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and the Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago. He is also President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, past President of the American Sociological Association, and a MacArthur Prize Fellow. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy, the National Board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Domestic Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute, Mayor Richard Daley's Youth Development Task Force, and the Chicago Urban League.
The Commission on White House Fellowships was established in 1964 to provide an opportunity for young American leaders to develop a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of our society. The Commission recommends annually, based on standards it formulates, a group of Fellows who serve for 365 days. Extensions of appointments may be granted by the Commission at any time after appointments are made, but may not exceed 90 days. Fellows serve as Special Assistants to Cabinet Officers, members of the President's principal staff or in the Office of Vice President, and participate in an extensive education program in which they meet with a diverse group of private and public sector leaders.