Secretary of Defense William Perry has appointed Judith
Youngman, Ph.D, as Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on
Women in the Services (DACOWITS) starting Jan. 1, 1997.
Youngman was appointed to DACOWITS in 1995 and has served on
the Equality Management subcommittee for the past two years. She
succeeds Holly Hemphill of Alexandria, Va., in the non-salaried
A native of Massachusetts, Youngman received her bachelor of
arts in political science cum laude from the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst and her masters of arts and doctorate of
philosophy in government from the University of Texas, Austin.
She joined the faculty of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992
and is currently an associate professor of political science and
chief of the Government/History Section.
She is a former associate professor of social science,
United States Military Academy, West Point, where she served as
the first civilian female professor in the Academy's 200 year
history. She also served as a former assistant professor of
government at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She was
vice president, public affairs, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., and
senior associate, senior advisory of international affairs, and
director of international affairs at Pfizer Inc. Youngman also
served as a research librarian and security officer at the
Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.
DACOWITS was established in 1951 by Secretary of Defense
George C. Marshall. The Committee is composed of 30-40 civilian
members selected on the basis of their achievements in business,
the professions, and civil or public service. Member selection
also considers fields of interest and geographical location to
insure a diverse representation. The Committee advises the
Secretary of Defense on policies and matters relating to women in
the armed forces.