Federal Education: A New Commissioner

Next to Robert McNamara, the man with the fastest-growing job in Washington may well be the U.S. Commissioner of Education. Serving under Health, Education and Welfare Secretary John Gardner, the commissioner is responsible for an ever expanding variety of federal programs, ranging from school integration to college scholarships to developing new teaching techniques. Last week President Johnson named to the job Harold Howe II, 47, a proven administrator in both public and private education, to succeed Francis Keppel (TIME cover, Oct. 15).

The son of an All-America quarterback at Yale, Howe is recalled by one of his own Yale classmates,...