THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 9,
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES C. HARRIS AND JAMES W. HUBBARD TO THE
PRESIDENT?S COMMITTEE ON MENTAL RETARDATION
The President today announced his intention to appoint James C.
Harris, M.D. and James W. Hubbard as members of the President?s Committee
on Mental Retardation.
James Harris, M.D., of Baltimore, Maryland, is a Professor of
Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Mental Hygiene and Director of Developmental
Neuropsychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Harris is the
principal investigator of an R-01 Research Grant, funded by the National
Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, to investigate pathways
from genes to cognition and complex behavior. Dr. Harris directed the
psychiatry program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for 15
years and is the immediate past president of the Society of Professors of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the national organization that represents
academic child and adolescent psychiatry. He is listed in "Who?s Who in
the East" and in "Who?s Who in Medicine and Healthcare," and was a
participant in the White House Conference on Mental Health. He also is the
Year 2000 recipient of the George Tarjan Award for outstanding leadership
and continuous contributions in the field of mental retardation. He is the
author of over 100 research articles, book chapters, and abstracts.
Dr. Harris received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a M.D.
from the George Washington University School of Medicine.
James W. Hubbard, of Bowie, Maryland, is a member of the Maryland
House of Delegates. He is considered a leader on environmental issues, and
has become a recognized advocate for equitable health care reform. Mr.
Hubbard has recently retired as Assistant Sheriff (Lt. Col.) in Prince
George?s County, in charge of Police and Public Safety Training, Child
Support Enforcement and Domestic Violence. He has continued to serve in a
civilian role as the Director of the Sheriff Department?s National
Accreditation effort. Mr. Hubbard serves as a member of the Prince
George?s County Affairs Committee and serves as the delegation liaison to
the Prince George?s Board of Education. He also serves on the Governor?s
Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, the Washington Metropolitan Council of
Governments? Air Quality Committee, and the National Conference of State
Legislators. He serves as a member of the Public Health Advisory Panel for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Hubbard is a co-chair
and founding member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.
He is a member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Environmental Justice
and a member of the Alumni Board of the University of Maryland, University
College. Mr. Hubbard has received numerous local, state and national
awards as a result of his outstanding volunteer work and community
Mr. Hubbard received a B.A. in Business Administration/Management and
an A.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.
The President?s Committee on Mental Retardation was created by
Executive Order in May 1966. The Committee provides advice and assistance
to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and
publishes an annual report regarding the concerns of the mental retardation