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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 11, 1997

President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes of Princess Anne, Maryland, to be a member of the U. S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors.

Dr. Spikes is currently President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She previously served as the President of the Southern University System and Chancellor for Southern University at Baton Rouge. Her first professional position was at Mossville School in Calcasien Parish, where she taught courses in biology, chemistry and general science. She began her career at Southern University as an assistant professor of mathematics and moved through the ranks to associate professor of mathematics and to full professor of mathematics. From January 1982 through August 1985, she served as Assistant to the Chancellor before being named Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In 1987, she was appointed Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans.

She has served as Vice Chair and Program Chair of the Commission on International Affairs of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges; Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the Committee on Criteria and Reports, Levels II-VI, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); Member of the Executive Council of the Commission on Colleges, SACS; Member of the Commission on Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education; Member of the Board of Directors, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; and Member of the Board of Directors, Harvard University?s Institute of Educational Management. She serves as Advisor to an Historically Disadvantaged University in South Africa through a program administered by the American Council on Education, and is Vice Chair of the National Association of State College and Universities' Kellogg Commission.

Under its charter the Board of Visitors is required to visit the Academy annually. It advises the Academy on the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the Academy which the Board decides to consider.