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Release No: 629-96
November 08, 1996


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 position.

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.

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