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Juanita M. Kreps

Juanita Morris Kreps (born January 11, 1921) was U.S. Secretary of Commerce from January 23, 1977 until October 31, 1979 under President Jimmy Carter and was the first woman to hold that position.

Born Clara Juanita Morris [1] in Lynch, Kentucky, she graduated from Berea College in 1942 and earned her Master's and Ph.D. in economics at Duke University in 1944 and 1948, respectively. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. A specialist in labor demographics, Dr. Kreps taught at Denison University, Hofstra College, Queens College, and Duke. She rose through the ranks there to become the university's first female vice president. She was the first woman board member of the New York Stock Exchange.

In May, 1944, Juanita Morris married Clifton H. Kreps, Jr. and they had three children.[1] Clifton Kreps was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for many years. He died August 23, 2000.

Dr. Kreps was awarded the 1976 North Carolina Award for public service and 20 honorary degrees.[2] She sat of the board of 10 major corporations.[1]

Political advisor Anne Wexler, who was serving on President Carter's transition team after his victory in the 1976 presidential election, recommended Kreps for a post in the administration, and Carter appointed Kreps as Secretary of Commerce.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elliot Richardson
United States Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Jimmy Carter

January 23, 1977 – October 31, 1979
Succeeded by
Philip Morris Klutznick

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