The Info List - F. David Mathews

Forrest David Mathews (born December 6, 1935) served as the 11th United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
from 1975 to 1977, during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford. He also served two nonconsecutive terms as the president of the University of Alabama. Since the 1980s he has been president and chief executive officer of the Kettering Foundation. He is the author of several books on democratic practice and education.


1 Early life and education 2 Political life 3 Later life

3.1 Boards and foundations 3.2 Awards 3.3 Publications

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] Mathews was born and grew up in Grove Hill, Alabama.[1] He attended the University of Alabama
University of Alabama
(AB in history and classical Greek, 1958) and Columbia University
Columbia University
(PHD in history, 1965). Mathews was president of the University of Alabama
University of Alabama
1969–75, 1977–1980, an era of significant change and innovation. At age 33, Mathews was the university's youngest president.[2] He presided over the integration of the university's football program under Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant in 1971.[3] The Anniston Star reported that his 1980 resignation as president of University of Alabama
University of Alabama
president followed a vote that showed little faculty support for him.[citation needed] Political life[edit] Mathews is one of only two surviving secretaries of the now defunct Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (the other is his successor, Joseph A. Califano, Jr.). While at HEW, he worked on restoring public confidence in government and reforming the regulatory system. At his swearing in as secretary of HEW, Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
said, “Mathews brings to this new mission the strength of youth, a sense of purpose, the skills of a scholar, and the trusted record of a successful leader and administrator. That is an impressive inventory by any standard.”[4] Later life[edit] Mathews currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Kettering Foundation, a not-for-profit research foundation rooted in the American tradition of invention. Charles F. Kettering, best known for inventing the automobile self-starter, created the foundation in 1927. Gradually, the foundation expanded its focus to look beyond scientific solutions, recognizing that problems like world hunger are not technical problems, but rather political problems. In the 1970s, the foundation began to concentrate on democratic politics, particularly the role of citizens. Mathews was elected to the Kettering Foundation board of trustees in 1972, and in 1981, he became its president and CEO.

F. David Mathews
F. David Mathews
in a meeting with President Ford to discuss a Federal initiative to immunize all Americans against the swine flu influenza. [l-r: Dr. Jonas Salk, President Ford, HEW Secretary F. David Mathews, Dr. Albert B. Sabin]; in the Cabinet room on March 24, 1976.

Boards and foundations[edit] Mathews serves on the board of a variety of organizations, including the Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford
Foundation, National Issues Forums Institute,[5] Council on Public Policy Education,[6] and Public Agenda.[7] He has received numerous awards, including a citation as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Nation (Ten Outstanding Young Americans), United States Jaycees (1969); member, Alabama Academy of Honor[8] (1973); Nicholas Murray Butler Medal
Butler Medal
in Silver, Columbia University (1976); Educator of the Year, Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (1976); and the Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews (1979). Awards[edit] He was inducted into the University of Alabama
University of Alabama
College of Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, the Alabama Center for Civic Life was renamed in his honor as the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. He is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees. Publications[edit] Mathews has written extensively on such subjects as education, political theory, southern history, public policy, and international problem solving. His books include Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?[9] (NewSouth Books,[10] 2003); For Communities to Work (Kettering Foundation, 2002); Politics for People: Finding a Responsible Public Voice[11] (University of Illinois Press,[12] 1999); and Is There a Public for Public Schools? (1996). His most recent book, Reclaiming Public Education by Reclaiming Our Democracy ( Kettering Foundation Press, 2006), focuses on the relationship between the public and public education. See also[edit]

Mathews v. Eldridge


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^ Robert, David (1990). Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 246.  ^ [1] Archived March 4, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Integration University Alabama football ^ "Gerald R. Ford: Remarks at the Swearing In of David Mathews as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare". Presidency.ucsb.edu. August 8, 1975. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "National Issues Forum". Nifi.org. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ [2] Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Public Agenda : Our Story : Who We Are". Publicagenda.org. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "Welcome to the Alabama Academy of Honor". Archives.state.al.us. May 1, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?". NewSouth Books. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "NewSouth - NewSouth Books, Junebug Books, Court Street Press". Newsouthbooks.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "UI Press David Mathews Politics for People: Finding a Responsible Public Voice". Press.uillinois.edu. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "UI Press University of Illinois". Press.uillinois.edu. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]

David Mathew's speeches and photographs during his time as president of The University of Alabama
University of Alabama
from University Libraries Division of Special

Political offices

Preceded by Caspar Weinberger United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare August 8, 1975 – January 20, 1977 Succeeded by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

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United States Secretaries of Health and Human Services

Secretaries of Heath, Education, and Welfare

Hobby Folsom Flemming Ribicoff Celebrezze Gardner Cohen Finch Richardson Weinberger Mathews Califano Harris

Secretaries of Health and Human Services

Harris Schweiker Heckler Bowen Sullivan Shalala Thompson Leavitt Sebelius Burwell Price Azar

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Cabinet of President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford


Secretary of State

Henry A. Kissinger (1974–77)

Secretary of the Treasury

William E. Simon
William E. Simon

Secretary of Defense

James R. Schlesinger
James R. Schlesinger
(1974–75) Donald H. Rumsfeld (1975–77)

Attorney General

William B. Saxbe
William B. Saxbe
(1974–75) Edward H. Levi (1975–77)

Secretary of the Interior

Rogers C. B. Morton (1974–75) Stanley K. Hathaway
Stanley K. Hathaway
(1975) Thomas S. Kleppe
Thomas S. Kleppe

Secretary of Agriculture

Earl L. Butz (1974–76) John A. Knebel (1976–77)

Secretary of Commerce

Frederick B. Dent
Frederick B. Dent
(1974–75) Rogers C. B. Morton (1975–76) Elliot L. Richardson (1976–77)

Secretary of Labor

Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
(1974–75) John T. Dunlop (1975–76) W. J. Usery Jr. (1976–77)

Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Caspar W. Weinberger (1974–75) F. David Mathews
F. David Mathews

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

James T. Lynn (1974–75) Carla A. Hills (1975–77)

Secretary of Transportation

Claude S. Brinegar (1974–75) William T. Coleman Jr. (1975–77)


Vice President

None (1974) Nelson A. Rockefeller (1974–77)

White House Chief of Staff

Alexander M. Haig Jr. (1974) Donald H. Rumsfeld (1974–75) Richard B. Cheney (1975–77)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Roy L. Ash (1974–75) James T. Lynn (1975–76)

Director of Central Intelligence

William E. Colby (1974–76) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Russell E. Train (1974–77)

Representative for Trade Negotiations

William D. Eberle (1974–75) Frederick B. Dent
Frederick B. Dent

Ambassador to the United Nations

John A. Scali
John A. Scali
(1974–75) Daniel P. Moynihan (1975–76) William W. Scranton (1976–77)

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Presidents of the University of Alabama

Alva Woods
Alva Woods
(1831–1837) Basil Manly, Sr. (1837–1855) Landon Garland
Landon Garland
(1855–1865) William R. Smith (1870–1871) Matthew Fontaine Maury
Matthew Fontaine Maury
(1871) Nathaniel Thomas Lupton
Nathaniel Thomas Lupton
(1871–1874) Carlos G. Smith (1874–1878) Josiah Gorgas
Josiah Gorgas
(1878–1879) William Stokes Wyman (acting, 1879–1880 and 1885–1886), (1901–1902) Burwell Boykin Lewis (1880–1885) Henry DeLamar Clayton (1886–1889) Richard Channing Jones (1890–1897) Powers (1897–1901) John Abercrombie (1902–1911) George H. Denny
George H. Denny
(1911–1936) Richard Clarke Foster (1937–1941) Raymon Ross Paty (1942–1947) Ralph E. Adams (acting, 1947–1948) John Gallalee (1948–1953) Lee Bidgood (acting, 1953) Oliver Carmichael (1953–1957) James H. Newman (acting, 1957–1958) Frank Rose (1958–1969) F. David Mathews
F. David Mathews
(1969–1975) Richard Ashley Thigpen (acting, 1975–1977) F. David Mathews
F. David Mathews
(1977–1980) Howard B. Gundy (acting, 1980–1981) Joab Thomas (1981–1988) E. Roger Sayers (1988–1996) Andrew Sorensen (1996–2002) J. Barry Mason (interim, 2002–2003) Robert Witt (2003–2012) Guy Bailey (2012) Judy L. Bonner (2012–2015) Stuart R. Bell (2015– )

Authority control

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