July 8, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Philip Abrams to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He would succeed Philip D. Winn. In this capacity he will serve as the Federal Housing Commissioner.

Since March 1981 Mr. Abrams has been serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Prior to his position in the administration, he was a developer and builder in the general contracting business for 16 years. He was treasurer, Abreen Corp., Needham Heights, Mass., in 1966 - 1981. He was superintendent and project manager of Poley-Abrams Corp., Brookline, Mass., in 1965 - 1966. He is a past president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America.

He graduated from Williams College (B.A., 1961). He is married, has three children, and resides in West Newton, Mass. He was born November 13, 1939.