Allen, James Edward


Educator and advocate of desegregation, James Allen, born in Elkins, West Virginia in 1932, served in the New York State Education Department in various capacities (Deputy State Commissioner of Education and Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York) from 1947 to February 1969 when he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Education in the United State Department of Health, Education and Welfare and U.S. Commissioner of Education. Allen resigned from HEW in June of 1970 and joined the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in October 1970. He held this position until his death in 1971.

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