THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JON P. DEVEAUX TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY ADVISORY BOARD
The President announced today his intent to nominate Jon P. Deveaux to the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board.
Jon P. Deveaux of Bronx, New York has been active in literacy issues for many years. He has served as the chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy since 1994 and as a member since 1992. Mr. Deveaux became the executive director of Literacy Volunteers in New York City, now Literacy Partners, Inc. in July of 1995 after spending 23 years in the South Bronx where he founded and had been directing Bronx Education Services. He is a co-producer and creator of "Selected Shorts: All Write," and a member of the PEN Literacy Advisory Committee and the editorial board for the magazine of the National Center for Family Literacy. Additionally, Mr. Deveaux assisted the U.S. Department of Education on literacy issues and served on both the New York State Adult Learning Services Council and as chair of the New York State Literacy Council. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Kiwanis Club's Community Service Award, the Literacy Assistance Center's Literacy Recognition Award, a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship and the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center's Community Service Award. Mr. Deveaux has also been involved with many publications and presentations regarding literacy issues. He received his B.A. in sociology from Yale University and is working towards his M.Ed. in reading from Lehman College.
The National Institute for Literacy was created to assist in upgrading the workforce, reducing welfare dependency, raising the standard of living and creating safer communities. The Advisory Board reviews reports, makes recommendations regarding program areas, establishes priorities for the activities of the Institute and reviews agency spending plans.