President Reagan nominated three new cabinet-level secretaries lastweek. Energy Secretary Donald P. Hodel would succeed William P. Clarkas secretary of the interior. John S. Herrington, now White Housepersonnel director, would take Hodel’s place at the EnergyDepartment. And William J.
Bennett, chairman of the National Endowmentfor the Humanities, would take over the top Education Department post.Former Education Secretary Terrel Bell vacated his post last December.all three nominations are expected to win Senate confirmation. Hodel, best known of the three, served as undersecretary of theinterior for two years under Clark’s predecessor, James Watt.
Hodel is considered an advocate of energy resource development, both onfederal lands fand offshore. Prior to joining the Interior Deparment,Hodel, a lawyer, headed the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland,Ore., and his own energy consulting firm. Herrington, also a lawyer, is described by the White House as a”longtime member of the Reagan team,” who, as a managementspecialist, “brings to the Energy Department a combination of theknowledge of defense and civil management and organization.” Bennett is a back-to-basics, back-to-classics advocate.
He hasgone on record saying that Greco-Roman and European history, philosophyand literature should be the foundation of American education. Lastyear he raised the ire of some groups for eschewing federal quotas orgoals on the number of women and minorities to be employed by theNational Endowment. Bennett explained that his approach advocates thataffirmative action be “color blind,” not “colorconscious.” He also supports merit pay and competency tests forteachers.
The President has asked that each nominee, once he is installed inhis new post, assess how his agency might be reorganized.