Gradually Gerald Ford is reshaping to his own taste the Cabinet he suddenly inherited from Richard Nixon. Last week he was preparing change No. 7 in the lineup, having decided to nominate F. David Malhews, 39, the president of the University of Alabama, to succeed Caspar Weinberger as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. If Mathews is approved by the Senate, he will become the youngest member of Ford's Cabinet, in charge of the Federal Government's largest department with its budget of $ 110 billion.

He will bring to Washington considerable knowledge about one element of HEW's huge triad: education....

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