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Milton to head national service commission

STANFORD -- Catherine Milton, founder and director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, has been named executive director of the new federal Commission on National and Community Service in Washington.

Milton will serve under Commission Chairman Paul "Pete" McCloskey of Palo Alto, a former U.S. Representative. Tim Stanton, Haas Center associate director, is serving as acting director during Milton's absence.

Congress and the White House established and funded the commission to stimulate public service by the young. It will distribute $73 million this year to the 50 states, public and private colleges, and to Indian tribes.

The 21-member commission includes Gov. Pete Wilson's wife, Gayle, as well as grass-roots leaders, experienced youth leaders, college presidents and two former governors.

Milton is setting up the commission's work agenda, hiring staff, and drafting rules and regulations. She said she hopes the distribution of funds can begin in spring 1992.

"We have to create a new federal entity and get it running efficiently in a matter of weeks," she said. "We need to capture the spirit of all those working in the field of service. We will take our direction from the local groups who best serve their communities."

Milton, a former journalist for the Boston Globe, has 15 years of Washington experience in private and government service. She has held positions in the Treasury Department and the Senate. She was assistant director of the Police Foundation, where she was author or co-author of four books, including Women in Policing, and _director of the American Bar Association's Center for Female Offenders.

Milton came to Stanford in 1983 as special assistant to President Donald Kennedy, to evaluate and promote the university's institutional commitment to service. In addition to establishing the Haas Center, whose programs annually connect more than 2,000 students with nonprofit and government agencies locally, nationally and internationally, Milton developed "Stanford in Washington," a residential academic program that encourages students to explore government service by enabling them to work and learn in the nation's capital.

Milton also directs Campus Compact, a group of 250 college and university presidents working to promote undergraduate involvement in public service.

Milton described her appointment as "a tremendous opportunity and challenge."



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