Arts, humanities groups name leaders

January 22, 1993|By New York Times News Service

The heads of the National Endowment for the Arts and of the National Endowment for the Humanities have stepped down and named their acting successors.

Ana M. Steele, an NEA executive who has worked for the federal agency since its creation in 1965, has been named its acting chairwoman. Jerry Martin, an NEH executive who joined the agency in 1987, has been named its acting chairman.

Both Ms. Steele and Mr. Martin are expected to serve in their new capacities only until President Clinton names a new chairman for each of the agencies, sources at the endowments said.

.This is not expected before the end of next month.

Ms. Steele was appointed Tuesday by Anne-Imelda Radice, who assumed the post of acting chairwoman of the arts endowment on May 1 last year after President Bush fired John E. Frohnmayer.

Ms. Steele, a former actress, joined the arts endowment as a clerk and rose to associate deputy chairwoman for programs and director of program coordination, two policy-making positions at the endowment.

Mr. Martin has been assistant chairman for programs and policy of the humanities endowment since 1989. From 1979 to 1981, he was chairman of the department of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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