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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 21, 1999
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The President today announced his intent to appoint James R. Houghton and Susan D. Auld as members of the National Skill Standards Board.

James R. Houghton, of Corning, New York, is Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Corning, Inc., and formerly served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Houghton began his career with Corning in 1962 and served in production, financial and sales positions until 1965, when he was named Vice President and European area manager. He became a Director of the company is 1969 and Chairman in 1983. Mr. Houghton is also a trustee of the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was first appointed to the National Skill Standards Board in January, 1995 and was elected Chair in April, 1995. Mr. Houghton received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an M.A. from Harvard Business School.

Susan D. Auld, of Montpelier, Vermont, has an extensive background in education, government, business, and human services. She served as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Employment and Training from 1991-1998, where she instituted job training programs which address job placement in growth industries. She served as the Co-Chair of the Human Resources Investment Council. In addition, she is an eight year veteran of the Vermont House of Representatives, two of those as House Majority Leader. She has taught at the high school level and has served on several school boards and educational advisory committees. Currently, Ms. Auld is President of Auld, Bishop & Adams Capitol Strategies, a firm providing governmental affairs, public relations, and project management services.

The National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) is building a national system of voluntary skill standards that will enhance the ability of the United States to compete effectively in a global economy. These skills are being identified by industry in full partnership with education, labor, civil rights and community-based organizations. The standards will be based on high performance work and will be portable across industry sectors.

Twelve members of the National Skill Standards Board are appointed by the President to terms of three and four years. The United States Congress appoints twelve additional members and the Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Commerce serve as ex-officio members.