UMass Amherst Alumnus Kenneth Apfel, Social Security Head, to Receive Award and Speak on Campus

AMHERST, Mass. - Kenneth S. Apfel, commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), will give a talk, "The Future of Social Security," at the University of Massachusetts on Friday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Campus Center, room 163. His talk is free and open to the public. Later in the day, Apfel, a UMass graduate, will also receive a Chancellor''s Medal, the highest recognition awarded by the University to faculty, alumni, and friends for services to the campus community.

Apfel has served as SSA commissioner since 1997. He heads an agency that delivers benefits to more than 50 million people and has 65,000 employees. Prior to joining the SSA in September 1997, Apfel worked in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, where he was associate director for human resources beginning in 1995. Apfel also was assistant secretary for management and budget at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993-95. He served as legislative director to U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., from 1989-93 and as Bradley''s chief staff person for federal social policy from 1982-89.

Apfel is a Worcester native and earned his bachelor''s degree in sociology from UMass in 1970. He earned a master''s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Northeastern University in 1973 and a master''s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978.

A question-and-answer period will follow Apfel''s talk. The event is sponsored by the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration.