The President today announced his intention to nominate Debra Russell Bowland to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor. She would succeed Paula V. Smith.
Mrs. Bowland is currently Deputy Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. From 1985 to 1988, she was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Policy, Department of Labor; the Deputy Under Secretary for Employment Standards, Department of Labor; the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education; and a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Mrs. Bowland was director of the department of citizens' service in Baton Rouge, LA, 1985; executive director in Louisiana for Reagan-Bush '84, 1984; owner of Debra Bowland and Associates, 1982 - 1984; and the secretary of labor for Louisiana, 1980 - 1982.
Mrs. Bowland attended the University of Wyoming, 1963 - 1965, and Louisiana State University, 1975 - 1976. She was born January 24, 1944, in Dayton, OH. Mrs. Bowland is married, has three children, and resides in Fairfax, VA.