New Booker T. Washington Chief

Charles E. Tate, a Northwest resident, recently was elected president and chief executive officer of the Booker T. Washington Foundation.

Before his election, Tate served as the foundation's vice president and chief operating officer. Tate, a graduate of LeMoyne College in Memphis, has worked for the nonprofit foundation for 15 years. Before that he was a contracting officer and senior procurement policy specialist with the Defense Department in Dayton, Ohio.

During the 1960s, he and his wife Florence founded the Dayton Alliance for Racial Equality. Tate also has started development programs for Cameroon, Gambia, Jamaica, Nigeria and Trinidad. In 1971, Tate convened the first national conference on minority ownership of cable systems. The Booker T. Washington Foundation was founded in 1971 as part of the National Business League, which was started by Booker T. Washington in 1900.

Outstanding Volunteer

Fred Chiles, a Washington resident, was recently named most outstanding volunteer at President's Park, where he provides information during public and congressional tours of the White House.

Chiles was one of 24 volunteers selected for exceptional work from among more than 6,000 volunteers who served last year in the National Capital Region of the National Park Service.

25 Years of PTA Work

Hazel L. Brown and William H.L. Brown, Washington residents, were recently honored at a dinner by Area 3A Council of the District of Columbia Parents and Teachers Association. The couple were cited for their more than 25 years of work with the PTA.

Preservation Trustee Elected

J. Roderick Heller III, a Washington resident, is one of seven new trustees to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heller was elected by the membership at the 41st National Preservation Conference held recently in the District. Heller, a Princeton graduate, who also holds a master's degree in history and a law degree from Harvard, is president and chief executive officer of the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships. Send items to Eric Charles May, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Please include address and day and evening telephone numbers. Black and white photos, which cannot be returned, may be included.