Jerome W. Page, 44, president of the Seattle Urban League for the last 10 uears, has been named president of the Washington Urban League, effective Aug. 15.
The appointment, confirmed at a special meeting last week of the local league's board, concludes a four-month search for a replacement for John E. Jacob, who resigned to become executive vice president of the National Urban League.
"I think it's the biggest challenge and the most exciting thing that's happened to me," Page said in a telephone interivew yesterday.
The civil rights and social service organization he will head lists a projected fiscal 1980 budget of $3.3 million and a staff of 80 persons.
Page said it "would be premature" to state specific goals for the Washington league, observing that he has a "lot of learning to do" about local problems and conditions.
He noted, however, that in 1976 and 1978 the league surveyed low-income households here as part of a program called "SOS-Speak Out for Survival." designed to identify particular problems of the poor.
The most recent survey, Page said, should provide a sound basis for shaping new programs for the league.
Page will take charge of a Washington Urban League that in recent years has been transferred from a kind of diplomatic corps of the civil rights movement, to a repository of information about and programs for Washington's minority communities.
Much of the transformation occurred under the leadership of Jacob, who in 1975 replaced Sterling Tucker as the league's director.
"It's an honor and privilege to me to follow people like Sterling Tucker and John Jacob," Page said yesterday.
"I'd like to modesly think we've got a good thing going here in Seattle," Page said of the west coast organization that he joined in 1965 as director of job development and employment. "But obviously," he added, "it's a long way from Washington, D.C."
In announcing Page's appointment, the Washington Urban League programs during his tenure there appeared relevant to this area.
In the interview yesterday, Page himself listed jobs and school desegregation as major priorities of the Seattle league. Although desegregation itself might not be a major issue in the Distric, he said, that would not prevent the league from demonstrating its commitment to quality education.
Page holds a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a masters degree from Denver University's graduate school of social work. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Latin America from 1962 to 1964 and later as a Peace Corps trainer in this country.