THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RAY MARSHALL AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL SKILL
The President today announced his intent to appoint Ray Marshall to serve as a member of the National Skill Standards Board.
Dr. Ray Marshall, of Austin, Texas, served as Secretary of Labor during the Carter Administration. He was a co-chairman of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, whose report, America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages, recommended the creation of a national skill standards board. Since 1981, Dr. Marshall served as the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations and the chair of the board of trustees of the National Center on Education and the Economy. He is a member of the Program Development Committee of the Human Resources Development Institute, and served on both the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development and the Carnegie Task Force on Meeting the Needs of Young Children. Dr. Marshall is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Marshall received a B.A. degree from Milsaps College, an M.A. degree from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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.